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The Batwa in South western Uganda are facing increased discrimination and lack of access to quality health care services especially Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health services.

Following implementation of conflict resolution and community action for the Batwa Empowerment project with financial support from United Nations, it was discovered that the Batwa in Kabale district are highly discriminated and lack access to quality health care services especially Women’s sexual and reproductive health services.

The Batwa (pygmies) cannot access health services when they fall sick and cannot afford the user fees from private health centres while pregnant Batwa women are highly discriminated from accessing reproductive health services on grounds of poverty and poor hygiene (that they have smelling bodies) and cannot be attended by the Health personnel.

A pregnant Pygmy Woman, One Miria collapsed during a Human rights sensitization workshop organized by GWEFODE after which she was delivered to Muko Parish Health Centre for treatment and Medical personnel discovered that the foetus was not alive for the past 7 days. Had it not been GWEFODE’s Workshop which Miria had attended, she would have died at home as she did not have access to medical personnel to attend her pregnancy and was not aware of what was going on.

The Executive Director of GWEFODE Ms Lydia Komuhangi urged pregnant Batwa women to always go for antenatal checkups and requested medical personnel to treat the Batwa as human beings. It has been discovered that many Batwa women do not go for antenatal checkups because of ignorance, the discrimination and humiliation they have to undergo from medical personnel on one hand and unaffordable payment of user fees due to poverty on the other.

Our Programs

Participatory Governance & Gender Equity Advocacy

GWEFODE’s work is to Promote Participatory Governance using Rights Based Approach to programming and gender equity in development as well as participation in decision making.

Gender Based Violence Prevention & Response

GWEFODE mobilizes resources to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence access free medical treatment and psychosocial support.

Conflict Resolution & Peace Building

GWEFODE seeks to improve the capacity of community based mediators and local leaders to resolve conflicts and enhance effective and efficient justice delivery in the informal justice system.

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

GWEFODE undertakes research on best agricultural practices that are sustainable and environmentally friendly and sharing these with farmers in Uganda.

Sustainable Energy Efficient Technologies

Over 95% of households in Kabale district use biomass fuels (firewood and charcoal) to cook on traditional stoves. This reliance on firewood presents mothers with impossible choices.

Vocational Education & Training

GWEFODE supports entrepreneurial development through equipping marginalized women and youth with skills such as tailoring, candle making and making charcoal briquettes aimed at income generation.

Water Sanitation & Hygiene

GWEFODE improves the management of water sources through refresher trainings and sensitization of community members especially women and children on better use.

HIV/AIDS & Malaria Prevention

GWEFODE disseminates Information, Education and Communication IEC/ Behavior Change Communication (BCC) campaigns and materials focused on orphans and vulnerable children.

Maternal and Child Health

GWEFODE creates awareness on maternal and child health and advocates for improved health services to reduce on maternal and child morbidity and mortality.

Featured Documents

A joint Statement on The Right of Indigenous Batwa People to Land and Natural Resources in Uganda Submitted by GWEFODE and France Libertes to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)


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