Sense International welcomes British MPs visit to one of our Uganda programmes
30 August 2016
Four British MPs recently visited a Sense International programme in Uganda as part of a delegation organised by RESULTS UK, an organisation working to end global poverty.
Sarah Champion MP, John Woodcock MP, Matthew Offord MP and Nigel Evans MP visited Uganda to explore the impact of UK support to improve child health outcomes through the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) programmes and support to organisations such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
As a low income country, Uganda is one of the 10 countries in the world where collectively 60% of all unvaccinated children live and has the fourth highest number of unvaccinated children in Africa. The Government of Uganda has recently enacted legislation making immunisation compulsory and established a new immunisation fund.
The meeting offered the opportunity to highlight the importance of introducing the rubella vaccine into the Ugandan national health system as the most effective means of eliminating Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), one of the main causes of children being born deafblind.
The MPs also visited Entebbe Hospital to learn how a project supported by DFID UK aid match funding is to be implemented by Sense International. The programme will see the charity working with local partners, including hospitals, health centres and national medical research organisations, to deliver sensory screening and early intervention programmes in Uganda and Kenya. Over the next three years the programme will provide vital health and identification services for children with deafblindness and their families, leading to improved developmental outcomes and quality of life.
First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019