Women’s demands accelerate emergency hire of 2,000 health workers in Uganda

Thousands of women in Uganda voiced that they wanted more and better supported nurses and midwives—a demand that was only magnified during COVID-19.

At the height of the pandemic, the National Task Force for COVID laid out a plan for an emergency recruitment of additional healthcare workers to support the beleaguered healthcare system. Advocates brought women’s demands for more nurses and midwives to key decision-makers including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and Parliament to bolster the case. Their voices proved catalytic with a drive to ultimately recruit about 2,000 health workers from 2020-2021 and assigned them to key districts where women’s and girls’ demands originated.

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