Visit to Northern Uganda to find out more about the life histories of health workers during and after the conflictThursday, 01 Aug 2013
By Helen Carlin, ReBUILD Chief Operating Officer, UK team
During the last week of July 2013, I visited the Uganda ReBUILD team to find out more about how their research was progressing and also to meet some of the stakeholders in country who may find our research valuable to their decision making.
I left the unusually hot, dry weather in Liverpool for the refreshing rain that was just starting in Uganda. On the research side of things, it was fascinating to see the life histories that people from the northern part of the country had drawn, mapping their experiences during and after the conflict and showing how they had managed to address healthcare needs. The stories here are deeply personal and we are reminded of what a privileged position that researchers are in to be allowed such insight into people's lives.
Further fascinating progress was revealed through research that maps out the networks of healthcare agencies operating in northern Uganda, and who the local population are reliant on to deliver health services. Seeing the plethora of agencies involved brings home the complexities of delivering healthcare in post conflict settings and the continued role that international agencies play.
Uganda is currently undergoing significant reforms to its healthcare system and international funders are moving to systems of performance based financing. There are indications that the Ministry of Health (MoH) sees research evidence as important to decision making and I was impressed with the professional relationships that the ReBUILD team has with the Ugandan government. I would hope to see the important findings emerging from ReBUILD being drawn on during the current reform process.