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Government of Uganda - fill our health worker gap

Following publication of the Ministerial Policy Statement and Budget for the Ministry of Health on 15 March 2016, Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG) and the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) are demanding that the Ugandan Government urgently invest in health workers.

The National Budget Framework paper shows that there is a shortfall of 3,542 health workers in general hospitals across the country. By providing an additional UGX36bn, the Government could employ the doctors, midwives, nurses and pharmacists that are so vitally needed in our general hospitals.

CSBAG is hosting a pre-budget dialogue on 18 March 2016 with over 500 people to ensure that the public’s voice is heard and their priorities incorporated in the national budget. These views will provide evidence to the Government at the parliamentary public budget hearings of the importance Ugandans place on investing in health workers.

Carol Namagembe from the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group said:

“Health is wealth. Funding health workers is a sound investment for our population and our economy. We demand that the Government values our voice and values our health.”

Aminu Magashi Garba from the Africa Health Budget Network said:

“We commend the Ugandan Government for actively seeking the views of Ugandans on its budget. It has been shown that public participation and open budgets can improve the health of its citizens because those budgets will be more influenced by the public’s priorities. African voices are calling for better spending on women and children” 

Uganda scores highly (62/100) on the Open Budget Index, the world’s only independent, comparative measure of central government budget transparency. However, it scores much lower on public participation (23/100) indicating that there is a need for the Government to provide more opportunities for the public to have their say in the national budget.

Budget timetable

  • Presentation of the Ministerial Policy statement and Budget: 15 March 2016 
  • CSBAG pre-budget dialogue: 18 March 2016
  • Pre-budget hearings: 18-29 March 2016
  • Budget approved: 28 April 2016
  • Budget Committee report shared: 30 March 2016
  • Budget appropriation by Parliament: 20 May 2016
  • Launch of Africa Health Budget Network Value Our Health campaign at the World/IMF Spring Meeting in Washington DC, USA: 13 April 2016

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