Adolescent Health

Citizen-led Accountability

Citizen Journalism

Supporting Midwives & Midwifery

Teenage Pregnancy

Universal Health Coverage

History and Mission

White Ribbon Alliance Uganda (WRA Uganda) was formed in 2009 to give a voice to the women most at risk of dying in childbirth. Our vision is a Uganda where all girls and women realize their right to quality health and well-being. Our mission is to activate a people-led movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights.

Challenge

1.1 million refugees call Uganda home, making it Africa’s largest refugee hosting country, with refugee populations accounting for 50% or more of the total population in Adjumani and Yumbe districts. The health systems supporting the refugees and host communities are separate, however, the Government of Uganda is working to integrate the systems under “Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for All.” Currently, the implementation plan is not designed to reach marginalized and vulnerable populations and involve them in decision-making.

Solution

UHC for ME is working to establish platforms and mechanisms where marginalized individuals can speak out and hold decision makers accountable. The program is designed to simultaneously improve UHC principles of quality, equity and dignity at the point of service delivery and drive sustainable, system-wide change through UHC planning, budget and implementation processes.

Our Strategy

WRA Uganda strives to mobilize citizens to advocate for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes while demanding accountability for commitments made by decision-makers. Our 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan consolidates our learning, brings in new approaches and refreshes our vision to address the changing realities of girls and women in Uganda.

Current Campaigns

Through its recently launched UHC for Me program (2019-2021), WRA Uganda is implementing integrated social accountability and advocacy efforts in Uganda to help ensure policies, plans and budgets on UHC are equitable and inclusive. WRA Uganda is working intensively with two refugee hosting districts, Adjumani and Yumbe, to assist these priority populations to voice their demands for quality and accessible health care locally while ensuring their perspectives inform national dialogues on UHC.

Our Impact

In 2019, As part of the global What Women Want campaign, White Ribbon Alliance Uganda and partners mobilized 90,771 responses from over 30 districts across Uganda, finding that the demand for improved labor and delivery services, quality medicines and supplies, and menstrual health services were among the top responses from Uganda’s women and girls.

From 2016-2017, WRA Uganda’s youth driven “Act Now to End Teenage Pregnancy Campaign”, mobilized 120,000 Ugandan citizens to demand governmental action to reduce Uganda’s teenage pregnancy rate. After years of advocating with target decision-makers, WRA Uganda and partners accomplished something unprecedented: a multi-sectoral policy to end unintended pregnancy among teenagers, as well as collective funding allocations of US$28 million and policy actions from multiple ministries to see the strategy implemented.

WRA Uganda News

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WHAT WOMEN WANT: One woman shares her demand for maternal and reproductive health care for our What Women Want campaign. Uganda’s top demand from women was adequate provision of labor and delivery information, personnel, services and supplies.

WHAT WOMEN WANT: One woman shares her demand for maternal and reproductive health care for our What Women Want campaign. Uganda’s top demand from women was adequate provision of labor and delivery information, personnel, services and supplies.

WHAT WOMEN WANT: One woman shares her demand for maternal and reproductive health care for our What Women Want campaign. Uganda’s top demand from women was adequate provision of labor and delivery information, personnel, services and supplies.

Faridah Luyiga, WRA Uganda Communications officer, surveys women in Uganda about What Women Want for their reproductive and maternal health care. Over 90,000 women in Uganda shared their top demands.

Faridah Luyiga, WRA Uganda Communications officer, surveys women in Uganda about What Women Want for their reproductive and maternal health care. Over 90,000 women in Uganda shared their top demands.

Faridah Luyiga, WRA Uganda Communications officer, surveys women in Uganda about What Women Want for their reproductive and maternal health care. Over 90,000 women in Uganda shared their top demands.

CITIZEN'S HEARING: Photo from a recent Citizen Hearings held in various districts in Uganda. Citizens are speaking up for what they want and providing feedback regarding the healthcare services they receive.

CITIZEN'S HEARING: Photo from a recent Citizen Hearings held in various districts in Uganda. Citizens are speaking up for what they want and providing feedback regarding the healthcare services they receive.

CITIZEN'S HEARING: Photo from a recent Citizen Hearings held in various districts in Uganda. Citizens are speaking up for what they want and providing feedback regarding the healthcare services they receive.

MIDWIVES SAVE LIVES: A midwife at a local health center in Uganda shares a moment with a newborn and her mother.

MIDWIVES SAVE LIVES: A midwife at a local health center in Uganda shares a moment with a newborn and her mother.

MIDWIVES SAVE LIVES: A midwife at a local health center in Uganda shares a moment with a newborn and her mother.

YOUTH ADVOCACY: Youth advocacy is an integral component of WRA Uganda’s work, making sure that girls have equity and respectful care.

YOUTH ADVOCACY: Youth advocacy is an integral component of WRA Uganda’s work, making sure that girls have equity and respectful care.

YOUTH ADVOCACY: Youth advocacy is an integral component of WRA Uganda’s work, making sure that girls have equity and respectful care.

MIDWIVES: A midwife examines a pregnant mother during an antenatal care visit. Midwifery and respectful care are two important components of WRA Uganda’s work.

MIDWIVES: A midwife examines a pregnant mother during an antenatal care visit. Midwifery and respectful care are two important components of WRA Uganda’s work.

MIDWIVES: A midwife examines a pregnant mother during an antenatal care visit. Midwifery and respectful care are two important components of WRA Uganda’s work.

A local ambulance in Uganda, transporting a patient to receive medical care.

A local ambulance in Uganda, transporting a patient to receive medical care.

A local ambulance in Uganda, transporting a patient to receive medical care.

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Thank you to our partners

Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)

Amref Health Africa

RMNCAH Coalition in Uganda

African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation

Africa Youth and Adolescents Health Network on Population and Development — AFriYAN Uganda Chapter

Contact Us

Rose Mukisa-Bisoborwa (Dr.)

Executive Director, WRA Uganda

Rose serves as the Executive Director for WRA Uganda. Previously, she worked with EngenderHealth as a country lead during which she was actively involved with the What Women Want campaign and is a passionate advocate for WRA’s approaches. Prior to this, she was greatly involved in advocacy  and promotion of safe motherhood with Amref Health Africa and also been engaged in a number of research projects with the Makerere University, School of Public Health, in a bid to promote use-friendly algorithms for maternal and child health including HIV in resource-limited settings.

Rose is a medical doctor with an MPH and has worked extensively on reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights issues throughout Uganda. She has demonstrated management and leadership skills at both mid-level and senior level management working with complex programs addressing a variety of social and health issues including advocacy for restoration of the dignity of women and girls suffering from fistula.

Rose is a team builder and capable of leading and building high performing teams. She comes with skills in health system strengthening, strategic planning, program management & development, capacity building, advocacy, business development and public health. She commits to excellence and maintaining values of the organization.

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Rose Mukisa-Bisoborwa (Dr.) 

Executive Director, WRA Uganda

rmukisa@whiteribbonalliance.org