Tororo Programme Unit
Communities: 332 zones in 38 parishes
Sponsored children: Around 15,000
Plan began working in Tororo in 1995. Tororo district in the eastern region of Uganda, 230km east of Kampala and at the border with Kenya.
Improving healthcare services
Plan is supplying equipment and drugs to health centres to enable communities and children to access treatment easily, improve health care delivery and increase quality of life.
We also work with village health workers who move from home to home teaching people ways of preventing and controlling diseases such as malaria and HIV and AIDS. For example, families have been encouraged to use mosquito nets to help control malaria.
“We are grateful to Plan and the government for supporting this health centre with adequate medical supplies - especially drugs, beds and other medical kits. We are now able to serve many families with various health services. The health centre also has a maternity wing which serves many expectant mothers within this area,” said Christine, a midwife at Petta health centre.
Plan offers refresher training to community members - including reproductive health educators, and school management committees - so they can provide information to children and the wider community. As a result, more children now attend school regularly.
“I lost both my parents and I have benefited from the guidance and counselling given to me by the reproductive health educators in our school,” said Scovia, a primary school pupil.
Promoting child rights
Plan has supported a number of children’s events, where children have been able to talk about their concerns, rights and responsibilities. One of these events was the Day of the African Child, which is celebrated every year on 16 June.
“These events give us a chance to meet new friends from other schools and places, sing songs, dance, and recite poems about our rights and responsibilities. We are happy that our parents, leaders, and teachers listened to us talking about our rights and responsibilities. We are glad because this was not happening in the past,” said one child participant.
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