SHU is a local country-wide operating NGO which envisions healthier families with simplified access to quality health care. Our mission is to improve the quality of health of Ugandans through Community Health Financing (CHF) approaches.
SHU is currently operating in 10 Ugandan districts of Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Masaka, Mubende Bushenyi, Sheema, Mitooma, Wakiso and Kampala.
The aim is to: (a) protect families from catastrophic health care related expenditures; and (b) ease access to quality health care services.
The aim is to get: (a) pregnant women to attend all the 4 recommended Antenatal clinics, to deliver from a health facility and to attend post natal care
The aim is to improve household incomes of the low income families through: (a) training families in income generating activities;...
We advocate for the increase in the national health budget and for delivery of quality health care services at partner health facilities ....
Community health insurance (CHI) schemes in Luwero Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts marked 20 years of existence at a grand ceremony held on 6th December, 2019 at Butuntumula Sub-county headquarters in Luwero district. The schemes also launched their new year of accessing healthcare services under insurance which begins on 10th December.
Speaking at the function, the Executive Director of Save for Health Uganda (SHU), Mr. Makaire Fredrick, thanked leaders of CHI schemes for exhibiting a very high degree of integrity in managing funds contributed as annual premium, which led to the growth of the schemes over the years.
He added that proper financial management and transparency was crucial to the continued survival of CHI schemes because it helped to build the confidence of community members.
Mr. Makaire informed the gathering that SHU was closely following the process of enacting the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) law and had submitted a position paper to Parliament calling for inclusion of CHI schemes as enrolment and collection agents for the informal sector.
Currently, there are 80 running CHI schemes in the three districts covering 26,789 individuals from 3,850 families. Members of the schemes receive healthcare services from 12 healthcare providers ranging from HCIII to hospitals. Members are treated for all illnesses that can be managed by the contracted health facilities.
Nearly a thousand members of CHI schemes and other residents attended and benefitted from free healthcare services offered by healthcare providers contracted by the schemes. A total of 80 individuals tested positive for malaria and received free treatment and mosquito nets from St. Mary’s Kasaala HCIII. All the 70 people tested for HIV were negative while 18 received dental care services. Kiwoko hospital screened 187 people for diabetes and high blood pressure while the Red Cross conducted a blood donation exercise at the event. The event started with a health education session for all.
Several members of CHI schemes shared testimonies about the history of their schemes and the healthcare benefits they have enjoyed over the years.
The function was attended by political and traditional leaders in the area.
On 5th November, 2019, community Health Insurance (CHI) promoters led by Save for Health Uganda (SHU) presented their position paper on the National Health Insurance (NHIS) Bill 2019, to the Health Committee of Parliament chaired by Dr. Michael Bukenya.
The position paper was coauthored by five CHI promoters that included Save for Health Uganda,Uganda Community Based Health Financing Association (UCBHFA),HealthPartners Uganda (HPU),Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) and Bwindi Hospital.
The team that represented the above organisations was led by SHU's Executive Director, Mr. Makaire Fredrick, who expressed commitment to support the process of enacting the NHIS law through sharing experiences and lessons from their CHI work.
CHI promoters made the following key proposals in the position paper for purposes of achieving a fair NHIS law that will benefit every resident in Uganda and contribute towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC):