Policy and Advocacy Briefs

Getting it Right: Uganda’s Proposed National Health Insurance Scheme

In this issue; "Getting it Right: Uganda’s Proposed National Health Insurance Scheme", we provide a comprehensive review (from a human rights perspective) of the proposed National Health Insurance Bill 2012, which once adopted, will operationalise the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Ugandan Ministry of Health is currently awaiting a certificate of financial implication from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in order to proceed with the proposed Bill.


The Right to Water in Uganda: Perspectives from the district of Kayunga - ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No. 5

In addition to analyzing international norms and domestic policy, this policy brief is a result of field research carried out in two sub-counties of the Ugandan district of Kayunga i.e Bbaale and Kayonza; and demonstrates the challenges communities face in realizing their right to water as an underlying determinant of the right to health.


Beyond Statistics: How can we achieve universal basic education of acceptable quality in Uganda?

In this issue; "Beyond Statistics: How can we achieve universal basic education of acceptable quality in Uganda?", we look beyond the increased enrollment figures and provide a qualitative assessment to determine if the current basic education system in Uganda is directed to the full development of the human personality.
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Beyond Statistics: Addressing Inequity and Discrimination in the Delivery of Health Services in Uganda

In this issue; "Beyond Statistics: Addressing Inequity and Discrimination in the Delivery of Health Services in Uganda", we pay attention to marginalized groups including women, the elderly and mental health patients. We also pay attention to geographical inequities in the provision of health services by examining, for example, the disparities between services offered in rural and urban areas.


Economic and Social Rights in Uganda: The Status Quo

The ESRA Brief provides an opportunity to interrogate the status of economic and social rights, primarily in Uganda and key lessons and challenges from the greater East African Community.


"Who is responsible?" A situational brief on the air pollution in Lugazi Town: ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No.4

Violation of the right to a clean and healthy environment adversely affects the enjoyment of a broad range of human rights, including the rights to life, health, food and water. Section 24 of Uganda’s National Environment Act requires NEMA to establish air quality standards, take measures to reduce existing sources of air pollution. Since NEMA has not yet come up with the air quality standards to control air pollution in the country, it is therefore the duty of the State including the local government to protect the right of the residents of Lugazi to a clean and healthy environment.


A Looming Crisis? An analysis of the health sector budget performance for the financial year 2012/13 and allocations for 2013/14: ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No. 3

In this brief, we highlight the fact that the health sector budget provision and performance does not reflect the commitment made by government to achieve universal access to health care service delivery especially to the most vulnerable groups who mostly reside in the rural areas, as well as women, children, minority groups and persons with disabilities.  

We also argue that it is not enough that we ask for increment of the health sector budget to meet the 15% commitment made under the Abuja Declaration. That it is equally important for us to ensure that existing resources are put to optimum use. It is in this regard that monitoring both the physical and financial budget performance within the health sector should be a key concern for all stakeholders.


Reasonable Accomodation for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children in Uganda's Education System: ISER Policy Advocacy Brief No. 2

Despite the progress made in the education sector, it is still not all inclusive and discriminates against children with disabilities (CWDs) - particularly the deaf / hard of hearing. The enrollment levels of deaf children is still very low, their quality of education under the UPE and USE  schemes remains very poor and is characterized by high dropout and failure rates. This is despite the fact that the Disability Act of 2006 under Section 5 states that government shall promote the educational development of persons with disabilities, and one of the policy objectives of providing UPE is to make basic education equitable, accessible and relevant to the nation.



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