Recognizing and motivating health workers, key in achieving improved health service delivery

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Kampala, Uganda – July 21 2023 – Multisectoral partnerships and collaboration is the cornerstone of health service delivery thus complementing Government’s efforts. Government relies on its partners to ensure that healthcare is effectively delivered to communities from national to community level. This was a unanimous agreement during the media launch of the Heroes In Health Awards (HIHA) 2023 at the Next Media Park in Kampala.

This year, the HIHA will be held under the theme “Strategic Multisectoral Partnerships to transform the health system and workforce” to highlight the role played by strategic partnerships in developing a strong health workforce.  While Government is in charge, this cannot do all this alone but with utmost support from partners.

The HIHA 2023 will highlight how partners leverage innovative models and new ideas to transform the health sector in order to improve service delivery. Additionally, the annual award ceremony will highlight how organizations, institutions, and individuals are employing an ecosystem approach of partnerships to mobilize collective action and investment for health-system and health workforce transformation.

Joining the audience live from Lira City to launch the awards, the Minister for Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero said “the HIHA 2023 will also showcase how health sector partners leverage innovative partnership models to transform the health system and recognize heroes and heroines that are actively working through strategic multisectoral partnerships and collaborations to change the face of Uganda’s health sector.”

The Director General Health Services, Dr. Henry G. Mwebesa alluded to the fact that partnerships are an important aspect in developing and maintaining health systems. Well-developed health systems provide a conducive working environment for health workers; one of the important factors for health workforce.

The HIHA, in its fourth year, is a public choice award program that recognizes outstanding individuals, entities, organizations, services, products, and programs. For nominees to emerge as winners, there must be demonstrated evidence of extensive expertise and skills, dedication to service and client satisfaction with an on-going commitment to professionalism, excellence and innovation, demonstrated by the nominated individual or entity.

Dr. Aceng called upon the public to nominate their preferred health worker for this year’s awards. “Nominations for the different awards under the various categories begin today until 1st October, 2023. I appeal to you all to log onto and nominate your preferred health worker under the respective categories” she said.

The HIHA 2023 shortlisting process is the procedure by which the pool of nominations submitted in the open nomination phase is examined by the eminent panel of independent experts, who shortlist the entries and compile them into award categories.

In agreement with the Minister’s call, Dr. Mwebesa urged communities living in rural areas to nominate their choice of health worker according to their respective categories. “We need more nominations from the community. I want to get nominations from deep down in Kanungu, to up in Karenga to Kotido” he said.

The winners will be announced at the HIHA gala held on 10th November 2023 at Speke Resort, Munyonyo.

story from MOH website  By Abirahmi Kananathan

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