Mwebembezi Jostas Program Officer-Child Rights Governance (CRG-CRC) Researcher/Statistician Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa (Ride Africa) +256774553595 +256701670709 Skype: justus325 Twitter:HumanrightsUG Website: www.ride-africa.org
• Admit patients and monitor on 1st line ARV treatment. • Admit and monitor patients on 2nd line ARV treatment • Admit and monitor patients children on HIV treatment • Deliver early HIV tests for infant diagnosis(EID) • Ready to use therapeutic food and cotrim delivery for children • Provide cotrim to HIV positive women • Deliver HIV tests for pregnant women • Admit and monitor HIV positive pregnant women on ART/HAART • Deliver CD4 tests for HIV positive pregnant women • Deliver ARV treatment to prevent mother to child transmission • Conduct massive viral load tests • Deliver ACT treatments • Deliver 1st line TB treatments • Detect MDR-TB cases for treatment • Procure Xpert MTB/RIF cartridges for patients • Treat malaria cases
PERIOD OF APPOINTMENT POSITION INSTITUTION March 2014 to date Assistant Project Officer (Youth in Action) Researcher and Program Officer-CRG Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa Partnering with Save the Children June 2011 to date Biostatistician Fort Portal Municipal Council LG Oct-Nov 2013 Data collector (LQAS) Pace Uganda 2009-Dec 2011 Marketing analyst Afrox Centre for Taxation and Management studies June-September 2011 Internship Student Fort Portal Municipal Council LG July –August 2011 Field Research Officer (LQAS) Care International
The problem statement Communities need constant engagements in form of sensitization, trainings and monitoring to keep them on track and active on infrastructure development and service delivery. This therefore, calls for continuous engagement a monger state actors and non state actors through trainings, information sharing and dialogue among others if we are to attain development in the Rwenzori. Negative thinking towards the Girl Child and Gender disparities in the communities undermines active participation of women. Gender equality requires equal access to services and infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water, Health services, Schools and communication tools. Without access to such resources, Girl child and women who will continue to lag behind and also women with tremendous knowledge, expertise, and passion are not given an outlet to use their knowledge and skills, keeping them at a disadvantage. Therefore, men and women need to be targeted if we are to attain development and enable women to use their time, energy, and expertise more efficiently.
Furthermore, the centralization of power and resources has negative implications with respect to gender equality, because in the parliament, cabinet, chief courts, among elders of the clan, where power is defined and decisions are made, there is a dearth of women’s participation due to culture background, and inferiority complex
The third challenge is the context of poverty, violence, disease, and patriarchy in which women live. Despite the fact that Ugandan women contribute 65% on agriculture out - put (major sector for national income) there is less control and decision by women in utilization of benefits realized. This means that if our communities are not educated on the positive approach of development through inclusion of women in planning and budgeting of family income and other decisions, then there is a great likely hood that poverty will still remain as men will continue taking decision that benefit themselves as individuals while neglecting the well being of other family members who include women and children hence low levels of education and high prevalence rates of diseases.
Weak implementation of government laws and policies which affects the trickledown effect and replication of best practices. This concerns current development approaches, which tend to separate development issues from concerns over investment, foreign policy and the existing gaps in domestic policy implementation. In addition, current development approaches are increasingly top-down—focusing on policies, institutions, and processes, without an adequate focus on community empowerment and social movements and, therefore, do not have a large impact on people’s everyday lives.