Celebrated musician turned civil society activist and founder of Women at Work International (WAWI) Halima Namakula has vowed to eliminate fistula in Uganda by 2025.
Uganda is ranked 3rd in the world with highest cases of fistula diseases and majority of victims are in rural areas.
Halima Namakula who is so passionate about women advocacy and health issues says she will not retire unless fistula is eliminated in the country.
“Am very passionate about women, girls and boys charity issues. This is why through my organization I want to scale up interventions country wide to ensure that fistula is eliminated by 2025,”she stressed.
Although her Non-Governmental Organization lacks adequate funding, she appeals to President Yoweri Museveni for rescue and calls upon development partners to support her cause to scale up her intervention to fistula victims in rural areas.
“it’s on record that His Excellence Yoweri Museveni is passionate about Hiv/Aids issues and this has got political node however we need the president also to support us eliminate fistula by funding our organisation.we urgently need money to scale health services to women in rural areas and buy cars for field work, ”Namakula said.
Under WAWI, Namakula has helped over 200 sexual workers get off the streets by enrolling them in vocational skills and income generating activities that now they can fend for their families and over 1000 still under mentorship.
With low sensitization and implementation of family planning services, Namakula partnered with United Nations Population Fund to scale up campaign on child spacing.
Asked about her take on women day message, Namakula urged men to support women projects and stand with them to growth together.
“men should not shy away from supporting women hoping that they will become successful and challenge them but look at working together to support each other to restore peace and dignity of the a home, ”Namakula explained.
She however asked finically empowered women and those in political leadership not shun their husbands because of money saying its cause of family breakdown.
What inspired Halima Namakula into fistula activism
Namakula was born and raised in the city suburbs of Kalerwe, where she faced hard life living in poor community. She went to Mandal Primary School currently Bat Valley Primary School and City High School before conceiving and giving birth to her first son at only 15 years. Even with attempts to resettle her back in school, Namakula conceived again and quit school. Because of this experience seeing other teenagers suffer from early pregnancies, it was the turning point for her humanitarian work.
“I take motherhood very seriously because it’s a lifetime job and a blessing from God”. I picked my humanitarian tendencies from my late mother who cared for many children, including adopted ones. Even my past experience getting pregnant early and dropping out of school pushed me to start thinking about other victims in society,”
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