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Recent Activities

improving of populations through changing attitudes, perceptions and practices around, environment protection, maternal and child health care, infectious diseases and climate change.

SRHR

Age appropriate SRHR needs across the country with special focus to per urban and rural communities especially for young people. Addressing issues such as sexuality, fertility awareness, early/forced marriages and teenage pregnancies, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases and GBV

Social marketing for health products

Increasing consumerism of life saving products, goods and services by a cross section of people which would otherwise be out of reach especially for urban and peri urban communities through use of technology

Livelihoods and social entrepreneurship

Supporting communities to generate income while using their social networks

Our Story

In 2017, a group of professionals with different backgrounds in Health, Finance and Legal – Dr. Rodgers Ampwera, Ms. Tusiime Peninah and Mr. Dan Gumaneitwe Busigye with a passion about Health Systems Strengthening, Environment Protection and Climate Change Mitigation decided to form an organization – SIHAS that would see their passions realized in form of integrating environment protection, Climate Change Mitigation with health as part of their contribution in addressing these 21st challenges but to ultimately contribute towards attainment of SDGs.

In 2015, world leaders assented to the 17 SDGs as a follow up to the 8 MDGs in order to end poverty, enforce good health, create gender equity, have access to clean water and sanitation just to mention a few. These SDGs require all of our efforts with every person playing his or her role to contribute towards attainment of each of these goals by 2030.

Our Aim

To create empowered, healthy and environment friendly Communities through innovation for sustainable social Development.

Our Core Values

  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Professionalism and Integrity
  • Environmental protection
  • Climate change
  • Human rights and equality
  • Innovation and resourcefulness
  • Collaboration and partnerships

In Uganda, 55 % of the entire population are people below 18 years of age and a typical household has an average number of 5 people with 55% of the households having children below 18 years. This youthful structure creates high dependency ratio at 97% and is a result of high fertility rate. Uganda has had a persistent population growth rate of 3.2% per annum resulting in rural urban migration rate of 4.5% and deforestation rate of 2.2% per annum, water shortages and sanitation challenges – 28% lack access to safe water and 18% do not have access to toilet facilities, these causes a myriad of health and environment sustainability challenges thus a need to improve on social services, environment protection and climate change mitigation measures.

Our Approach

In order to achieve the aforementioned key result areas, SIHAS employs several strategic approaches that include; climate change mitigation, environment protection, community based reflections, mobile clinics, health education and promotion, Research for social impact, Social marketing, clean/safe water, socio entrepreneurship, community insurance, partnerships and lobbying.

About Uganda

SIHAS ensures that lifesaving innovations are accessed by communities in need in order to foster social economic transformation of their lives. To achieve this, SIHAS will be operates under the auspices of ministry of health of Uganda in order to tackle the challenges of 21st century in areas of health through innovative ideas, such as Research, social marketing, social entrepreneurship for health, environment protection and climate change mitigation as a means of tackling emerging and remerging health challenges like SRHR and HIV, sexual gender violence, water and sanitation issues. SIHAS works with community groups that are informal and formal like CBOs, women and youth groups to ensure that sustainable social transformation is realized in areas of health and environment protection.

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  • 40 million people
  • 55% of the population below 18 years
  • 78% below 30 years
  • Age dependency ratio 103%
  • Average population growth – 3.0%
02

  • TFR – 5.8 Children per woman
  • 12.5% of children below 6 years not in school
  • 25% of households live in urban centres
  • 94% of households use firewood and charcoal
  • 69% depend on subsistence farming as a main source of livelihoods
  • 28% have no access to improved water source
03

  • 18% have no access to a toilet
  • 438 deaths per 100,000 (>40% below 25years)
  • CPR 30%, Unmet need at 34.3%( only 14% fertility awareness, 15% pregnancy)s
  • FP use lowest in below 25 years > 14%

Our Areas of expertise

In order to achieve its vision – A Uganda with healthy people and environment friendly communities, through its mission – to create empowered, healthy and environment friendly communities through innovation for sustainable social development, SIHAS uses a unique model of integrating environment and climate mitigation with health programming. This is achieved through formation of social entrepreneurship grass roots organizations at community level, provision of seed grants to young innovators in SIHAS thematic areas, scaling of innovations in line with SIHAS thematic areas and research for social impact. This way, there is ownership, sustainable development and generation of minimal seed funds to support other start-ups and while ensuring that the health needs of communities are taken care of.

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

We are committed to realizing full access to SRHR services and information as a right and driver to socio economic transformation of Uganda

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

We offer technical assistance to address clean water, sanitation and good hygiene at household level

Infectious Diseases

We design programs that are responsive to the community needs to holistically address the threats posed by HIV, TB and Malaria in Uganda

Environment Protection and Climate Change Mitigation

We are continuously innovating new ways of ensuring that we have green towns, protect landscapes and ensure that people are not at risk of pollution related illnesses.

Social marketing

We offer a platform to increase access to high quality and affordable lifesaving products and services across the country

Maternal, Newborn and child Health

We offer high impact solutions that improves the health and social outcomes for mothers, newborn and children across the country

Portfolio

SIHAS uses a unique model of integrating Environment Protection and Climate Change mitigation measures within all of its Health Programming areas –SRHR, HIV, TB, GBV, Maternal New born care and child health. Our belief is that, to have healthy people and environment friendly communities, a symbiotic relationship between health and environment protection ought to be nurtured in order to harness a sustainable socio-economic transformation of households and consequently communities. We use Quality Improvement, Social Behavior Change and Communication, Research and Evaluation for Social impact, Innovations and Technology Transfer,Social Entrepreneurship and Social Marketing, andHealth Systems Strengthening to deliver on this model.

  • All
  • Livelihoods and social entrepreneurship
  • Sexual and reproductive health and Rights
  • Research for social impact

Livelihoods and social entrepreneurship

Assisting households to achieve adequate and sustainable access to and control of resources, in order to support positive patterns of change and mitigate negative coping strategies, program areas

Research for social impact

Through partnering with other institution of academia, donor communities and CSOs, SIHAS will be at the fore front of carrying out research in the fields of environment protection, social entrepreneurship, health and social marketing.

Livelihoods and social entrepreneurship

Assisting households to achieve adequate and sustainable access to and control of resources, in order to support positive patterns of change and mitigate negative coping strategies, program areas

Sexual and reproductive health and Rights

consolidate the gains through supporting interventions that reduce HIV incidences in targeted communities, access to treatment, and new technologies – Prep, HIV self-testing and referral, client specific treatment needs

Sexual and reproductive health and Rights

consolidate the gains through supporting interventions that reduce HIV incidences in targeted communities, access to treatment, and new technologies – Prep, HIV self-testing and referral, client specific treatment needs

Research for social impact

through partnering with other institution of academia, donor communities and CSOs, SIHAS will be at the fore front of carrying out research in the fields of environment protection, social entrepreneurship, health and social marketing.

Team

SIHAS came into existence following organization of informal groups of young people who have been engaged in community health awareness drives, health promotion, environment protection through smart farming and socio entrepreneurship.

Mr. Byamukama Michael

Board Chair

Ms. Irene Mirembe

Board Member

Dr. Rodgers Ampwera

Executive Director

Contact Us

Location:

Plot 69 Spring Road, Bugolobi, Kampala Uganda

Call:

+256 (0) 3932 392 83

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