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As the country received the first batch of COVID 19 vaccines and embarks on vaccination, the Ministry of Health requires a National ID card in order to access the vaccine. This requirement raises public health and human rights concerns as a number of Ugandans, including, those at a high risk of dying or being hospitalized from the Corona virus will be excluded simply because they lack a national ID. On 9th March 2021, Elizabeth Atori (Legal Officer - ISER) was one of the guests on the NTV Kick Starter programme.

Civil society led by the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) and Unwanted Witness on 5th March dragged government to court over the requirement by the Ministry of Health to mandate one to present either a national identification card (NIC) or national identification Number (NIN) before receiving COVID 19 vaccines.

The Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng led her team to parliament to request approval of a 18.5 billion shilling supplementary budget for the initial procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine. This is part of the 59 billion shillings required by the Ministry to procure 18 million doses of vaccine. These would then vaccinate 20% of the population equivalent to 9 million people. On 7th February, Allana Kembabazi (Program Manager - Right to Health) was hosted on NTV Talk of the Nation to discuss issues surrounding Government's efforts in securing COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Since March 18, 2020, schools remain closed and children and parents are anxiously waiting to hear from government regarding continuity of education. When will schools be opening for all children? Will the authorities announce learning remotely again? What happened to the initial plans for remote learning that among others involved distribution of radios and hard copy self-learning materials to all children? These are some of the questions to which government is yet to provide answers. On 2nd February 2021, Salima Namusobya (Executive Director - ISER) was hosted on Morning@NTV to discuss the issue.

Following the government's launch of COVID 19 treatment trials, Allana Kembabazi (Program Manager - Right to Health, ISER) was hosted on NTV's Morning@NTV on 28th January to discuss the issue together with Dr. Grace Nambatya (Director, Research - NCRI).

There have been concerns about the cost of campaigning in the electoral season. For some candidates, it has been a hard road without money. However, there have been some bright lights, where one candidate has won popular support through crowd funding on social and legacy media. But others are also concerned that the high cost of campaigning is affecting which candidates we can actually run for public office. Joseph Byomuhangi (Program Officer - Business & Human Rights, ISER) was hosted on NTV's Talk of the Nation on 5th December to discuss the issue.

This is a recording of a discussion on how Presidential Candidates' manifestos rate on various aspects including Economic, Social & Cultural Rights. The discussion was held on NTV on Thursday 12th November 2020, with Allana Kembabazi (Program Manager - Right to Health) being one of the panelists.

An article published in the Daily Monitor newspaper on 17th October 2020 making reference to the 7th Annual National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights that was held under the theme "Election Promises, Political Accountability and Service Delivery; A Reality Check".

Link: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/special-reports/elections/service-delivery-do-polls-matter--2483696

This is a recording of Day 2 of the 7th Annual National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights under the theme "Election Promises, political accountability and service delivery: A reality check". Days 2 was hosted at Hotel Africana with a mini audience of 50 participants in consideration of the prevailing COVID19 SOPs.

This is a recording of Day 1 of the 7th Annual National Conference on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights broadcast live on NTV Uganda on 27th September 2020.

 

A critical reflection on the role of the Government in health service delivery and what has to be done to build a resilient public health sector which is the first point of call for the most vulnerable. The talk show aired live on NTV Uganda on 11th August 2020.

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