The last two and a half decades have seen health indicators in Uganda incresae as a result of political stability. One major intervention in healthcare delivery during this period has been the policy of a decentralized healthcare delivery system involving community health volunteers, known as village health teams (VHTs). These were created in a bid to increase involvement in health interventions in a spirit of community participation. Emmanueil Turinawe carries out ethnographic fieldwork in Central Uganda, investigating how utilising pre-existing networks of helping relationships has the potential to produce community participation that reflects the cultural resources already embedded within these communities, leading to health interventions that are responsive to local resources and health practices.
B.E. Turinawe: Re-thinking Community Health Work in Rural Areas: Lessons from Existing Informal Helping Frameworks in Uganda.
Prof. R.C. Pool
Dr D.H. de Vries
Dr D.K. Kaawa-Mafigiri (Makerere University)
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