SDS HRH Induction Sets Stage for Successful Absorption into Public

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Enrolled Nurse, Babirye Sepholoza, immunizes a child at Kasokwe HC II in Kaliro District

Enrolled Nurse, Babirye Sepholoza, immunizes a child at Kasokwe HC II in Kaliro District

The district quality improvement teams found Babyire to be an innovative person. Kasokwe Health Center (HC) II did not have a notice board for all these years but because of her they now have one. This is commendable and should be applauded,” said Hellen Nabagereka, Assistant District Health Officer, Kaliro district.

January 2016 – In 2013 with support from USG/PEPFAR under the Human Resources for Health initiative, Sepholoza Babirye, 24, an Enrolled Nurse was recruited by the Kaliro District Local Government and posted to Kasokwe HC II.

In 2015, Sepholoza was not only absorbed into the public service but also rewarded by the District Reward and Sanction Committee for her incredible commitment and service to the community and her patients. Her impact, was made in part, due to the special skills and knowledge she acquired during the USAID-funded Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability (SDS) Program lead induction exercise to newly recruited health workers imparting knowledge and skills on performance management, work ethics, and understanding the terms and conditions of service.

She always reports to her duty station early and gives the extra effort. While she is not paid for the additional hours she works, she always serves her patients with a smile,” said the Assistant District Health Officer, Nabagereka Hellen.

Kasokwe HC II indicated that the number of clients seeking services from the HC significantly increased by more than 30%, attributing the increase, in part, to Sepholoza and her distinguished service. When she was

posted to Kasokwe HC II, only static immunization was performed at the HC. Due to her dedication to service, Sepholoza organized immunization outreaches despite transport and other logistical challenges. In addition, although she is not an Enrolled midwife, Sepholoza provides crucial antenatal and family planning services to community members in Kasokwe. As a result, the district health team assigned her the focal person for family planning.

The USAID/SDS - led induction exercise offers many health workers the opportunity to understand their roles and responsibilities under the HRH initiative. Armed with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully perform their duties, health workers are well-suited for absorption into the mainstream public service.

The USAID SDS Program aims to improve the results and sustainability of decentralized service delivery, with initial emphasis on HIV/AIDS services at local government levels in Uganda through four objectives; (1) Strengthening coordination of activities at the district and sub-county level; (2) Improving district management of resources and programs; (3) Provision of financial support through grants to local governments for better service delivery; and (4) Institution and support of innovative approaches to sustain social sector service delivery. SDS is being implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. (Cardno) along with international and local partners.

The USAID/SDS - led induction exercise offers many health workers the opportunity to understand their roles and responsibilities under the HRH initiative. Armed with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully perform their duties, health workers are well-suited for absorption into the mainstream public service.