Musoli village is located in the Mayuge district of Uganda near Lake
Victoria. Fishing is the primary source of income for the families settled
along the lake. With the government’s current public health safety protocols,
particularly to the communities around the lake due to Covid 19 pandemic, many
families have lost their means of survival. In general, in Uganda, 36% of the workers are females, and 64% are males. Most of
them are employed in the primary industries of fishing, sugarcane farmworkers,
quarries, restaurants/bars, and the commercial sex industry, which involve a
more significant number of girls. Some girls are sent to larger cities to work
as domestic helpers or are given to early marriage.
The pace of rural-urban migration has also accelerated since Covid 19 in search of elusive opportunities, which provoke youth depression among the youth. Numerous youths have a psychosocial disturbances. They are social misfits and today swell the ranks of the unemployed and unemployable.
The current situation in Mayuge District presents two intersecting domains of the problem: the healthcare system's capacity to respond to the health problems of the community and the underlying factors that affect their income per capita. As far as the community's health status is concerned, a focus on maternal and child health and adolescent reproductive health is necessary to mitigate dire consequences. The people of Musoli are directly served by small drug shops and private clinics, which are not easily accessible and affordable to the general population, not to mention the quality of care given. The clinics could not handle maternal deliveries, severe malaria cases, HIV testing, PMTCT services, TB cases, sexually transmitted infections, urinary tract infections, and pelvic inflammatory diseases, which were common among women. The clinics are persistently hit by a lack of drugs and other supplies due to inadequate funding and a flawed logistics system.
The underlying causes of ill health are socio-economic and behavioral.
Socio-economic causes include revenues, housing, power relations, and decision-making
processes. Behavioral or lifestyle factors include the aggregation of decisions
by individuals that affect their health and control more or less.
So this Project aims at promoting the socio-economic resilience of 90 youth
and improving access to better health care services in the Musoli Village by
increasing job opportunities for the youth, incentivize youth participation in
the community development activities, improving literacy, creating micro-enterprises,
and improving the health conditions of the families.
Making progress in building resilience
The Project is being implemented by the Camillian Fathers and Brothers (CFB) in Uganda. CFB has recently done the community engagement, presentation of the Project to local public authorities, and the selection of beneficiaries according to rigorous criteria.
CFB has acquired 98% of the required official documents permitting this
post-covid-19 resilience project in Uganda except for the official registration
of the fishermen's cooperative and their boats for fishing. The government
agencies concerned have responded positively to our requests.
The fishing program committee plans to form and register financial
savings groups. These saving groups will
enable the sustainability of the Project after the Project terminates in three
years. The groups agreed to contribute or invest 75% of their net income to
save and maintain the fishing equipments. The percentage sets as a stimulus to
the individual to engage in hard work and diligence. Moreover, procurement and
negotiations of fishing supplies are ongoing as conducted by the committee. The
committee has begun procuring Japan-made Yamaha motorboat engines from the Nile
After holding a series
of interviews with the potential beneficiaries by the committee in-charged, a
shortlist of beneficiaries has been produced - 60 youth for fishing and 30 girls to be enrolled in catering, hairdressing, and tailoring
classes. The involvement of the local authorities is paramount in the
process of selection since they constitute the stakeholders' team and the
leading team to sustain this Project even after the three years of project
After all the leg workings, an orientation program commenced in May for
the target beneficiaries coming from the five villages. The CFB committee decided
to conduct the orientation seminars in the next three months, which include the
following areas: career guidance,
counseling, hygiene & sanitation, nutrition, advanced fishing skills, and business entrepreneurship. A
well-organized team of trainers has been contracted. The CFB committee has
discussed the terms and conditions of the trainers.
Last but not least is the increasing resilience of the healthcare system
in the area. The Camillian Delegation of Uganda has initiated the construction
of a health care facility before the conception of the CADIS post-Covid
resilience building. CADIS supports this Project in establishing a maternity
ward and the construction of multi-purpose social space. The building
construction is advancing and targeting its completion within this year 2021.