Our Programme Areas
- Reproductive Health and Family Planning:
BHF supports all the 11 Districts of Busoga to develop efficient and sustainable reproductive health and family planning programs at all levels of the healthcare system. Reproductive health and family planning are key components of a broad, integrated framework that links maternal, new-born, and child health, HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment.
BHF’s implementation methodology includes but not limited to: 1) direct implementation in collaboration with existing government structures and technical persons 2) collaboration with Other Implementing partners for Synergy and leveraging 3) peer led social economic empowerment and mobilization; 4) use of the MOH recommended guideline to achieve her targets for reducing unintended pregnancies, increasing contraceptive prevalence, and reducing the proportion of women who die of preventable death.
Our interventions include family planning counselling in health facilities and training community leaders to promote family planning in their communities, Translating Research into Action Projects among others.
BHF Reproductive health and family planning interventions are proven and cost-effective, empowering women and men to exercise their rights to make voluntary and informed decisions about the number, spacing, and timing of pregnancies. Our work contributes to reductions in unwanted pregnancies, maternal and child deaths, malnutrition, poverty, and the spread of HIV.
- Nutrition and Early Child Development:
BHF believes that adequate nutrition is the cornerstone of effective health programming. BHF aims to develop and implement practical solutions to food and nutrition challenges in Busoga sub region and beyond. Solving nutrition challenges requires advanced application of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions, as well as intensive strengthening of our partners’ capacity to apply effective interventions at scale. BHF’s systems-based approach, informed by the WHO guidelines is grounded in BHF superior technical expertise coupled with BHF’s strong use of analytics and data, and our innovative strategies to dismantle barriers to change found in Busoga systems and community behaviours.
In addition, BHF implements a comprehensive and client-centred approach in management and promotion of good nutritionfor adults and children. BHF integrates nutrition components within HIV and AIDS care and treatment and designs holistic programs for mothers, new-borns, and children. Further, BHF work addresses clinical management and community health worker performance and support. That is, BHF help provide services and support for micronutrient supplementation, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, growth monitoring and promotion for children, nutrition status screening and nutrition assessment, counselling and support (NACS), emergency and therapeutic nutrition, food fortification, and food-based dietary diversity.
- 3. Regional planning and data use.
BHF’s work strengthens the performance and interconnectedness of the service delivery, health workforce, strategic information and leadership and governance. We provide high-quality technical assistance that focuses on national priorities and maximizes the effectiveness of a country’s resources. In addition, BHF provides a platform for regional planning and use of data at facility, district and regional level.
At BHF, interventions emphasize a systematic, evidence-based approach designed to bring about significant improvement in: population health outcomes, particularly among the poor, Efficiency and effectiveness of systems and processes of care
- Non communicable diseases:
BHF programs address non communicable diseases (NCD) through a combination of research and evaluation, health systems strengthening, quality improvement, including:
- Applying quality improvement methods to translate best practices into service delivery in low-resource communities and health centres
- Technical expertise in high-impact NCD prevention, early detection, and treatment services, including rational packaging of services across the health system
- Training and education of healthcare workers and alcohol and substance abuse service provider
- Use of SBCC to educate communities and healthcare workers and effect positive changes in health behaviours
- Integrating NCD interventions into established services addressing reproductive health, maternal, new-born and child health, HIV, tuberculosis, and other programs
- Strengthening health information systems and use of data for evidence-based decision making and continuous quality improvement at local, regional, and national levels
- Addressing gender issues in NCD services, including differences in gender-related risk factors, differences in access to care and care-seeking behaviours among men and women, and different treatment by providers.
- Urban Health.
Urbanization is one of the leading global trends of the 21st century that has a significant impact on health. Over 55% of the world’s population live in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Busoga Health Forum has a unique opportunity to guide urbanization and major urban development trends in a way that protects and promotes health.
That is also because the health and well-being of their citizens is perhaps a city’s most important asset. Yet most of the people living in cities still suffer from inadequate housing, poor sanitation and waste management, and air quality failing WHO guidelines.
Consequently, today’s cities and those of tomorrow are facing a triple health burden: infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, pneumonia, dengue, and diarrhoea; non communicable diseases like heart disease, stroke, asthma and other respiratory illnesses, cancers, diabetes and depression; and violence and injuries, including road traffic injuries.
While cities can bring many challenges, they can also bring opportunities for better health, cleaner environment and climate action. Strong urban policies must match those challenges since health is essential for fostering good urban livelihoods, building a productive workforce, creating resilient and vibrant communities, enabling mobility, promoting social interaction, and protecting vulnerable populations.
BHF will mainly focus on preventive and curative service provision as well as building resilient health systems in urban setting.