Universal health coverage means that everyone has access to quality health services without experiencing financial hardship. It is a fundamental human right for all people to have access to UHC and health systems and facilities have to be inclusive and accessible to all persons, including persons with disabilities who are more likely to lack health coverage since most of them are more likely to live in impoverished conditions and to be the most marginalized. In 2019, WRA Kenya began the UHC for Me project and campaign. The project seeks to enhance the numbers and competencies of health workers to respond to PWD needs, disability-friendly infrastructure and services in health facilities, availability of PWD-specific medicines and supplies, cleanliness and sanitation in health facilities and reduction of wait times in health facilities within Bungoma and Makueni County Health facilities
The UHC For Me project is an integrated social accountability and advocacy project in two counties of Makueni and Bungoma to ensure the country’s policies, plans and budgets on UHC are equitable and inclusive. The project is designed to simultaneously improve UHC principles of quality, equity and dignity at the point of service delivery and influence long-term, system-wide change for priority populations through national and county UHC planning, policy, budget and implementation processes.
Powerful change by women for Women! “We now move around our health facilities with ease after the construction of ramps, the toilets are clean and disability friendly, we have adjustable delivery beds for mothers living with disabilities, health workers are more friendly and understand us better” – Elika Sanya, Resident, Milo.
The UHC for Me project by @White Ribbon Alliance Kenya is designed to simultaneously improve UHC principles of quality, equity and dignity at the point of service delivery and influence long-term, system-wide change for priority populations through national and county UHC planning, policy, budget and implementation processes
@White Ribbon Alliance Kenya worked with women and girls with disabilities in the two counties to voice their demands for quality and accessible healthcare locally, while ensuring their perspectives inform county and national dialogues on UHC.