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Success Story: Stakeholders of Mayuge District Share of a Jigger free Busoga

On the 15th/05/2023, Global Pathways was hosted by Mayuge district with key stakeholders in the District Board room. Global Pathways for Success-Uganda (GPSU) presented feedback on their success stories, intentions of scaling up, and providing more health services to affected victims.

For the past 4 years, GPSU long-term projects was to implement a jigger free Busoga region project with a goal of completely eradicating jiggers by sensitizing communities, treating jigger patients and advocating for the supply of essential medicines to communities, rehabilitation of victims and their integration in communities.

What is Jiggers?

According to Wikipedia Jiggers is “a Tunga penetrans is a species of flea also known as the jiggerjigger fleachigoechigochigoe fleachigo fleaniguanikniksand flea, or burrowing flea. It is a parasitic insect found in most tropical and sub-tropical climates. In its parasitic phase it has significant impact on its hosts, which include humans and certain other mammalian species. A parasitical infestation of T. penetrans is called tungiasis.”

Tunga penetrans has affected the shores a Uganda in dynamic ways, leaving the people that become infected with social, emotional, and physical debilitations that can led to death. GPSU has made efforts to transform community perception , attitudes and practices towards positive hygienic and sanitation behaviors that will contribute to jigger eradication consequently, improving general health status and sustainable community development.

This project that has been implemented in Busakira sub county will now be rolling out to Bukabooli sub county which is yet another sub county affected by jiggers according to a survey that was carried out recently. Present in this meeting are; the District Vice Chairperson, Representative of the RDC, DISO, principal Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, District community Development Officer, District Health Officer, in-charge Kaluuba health facility, sub county leadership of Busakira as well as VHTs. #community #leadership #health #success #development #project #sustainable #EndpovertyNowInc #Mayugedistrict

The Challenges of Partnerships in Africa

Reaching the People

Of course, there are also some challenges to working with local partners. Some of the most common challenges are:

  • Communication and cultural differences: It can be difficult to communicate effectively with partners from different cultures. It is important to be patient and understanding, and to take the time to build relationships.
  • Differing priorities: Sometimes, the priorities of the organization and the local partner may not be aligned. It is important to be clear about expectations and to be willing to compromise.
  • Lack of trust: In some cases, there may be a lack of trust between the organization and the local partner. This can be due to past experiences or to cultural differences. It is Despite the challenges, the benefits of working with local partners far outweigh the risks. By working together, organizations and local partners can achieve great things.
Building Partnerships in Africa

The Importance of Working with Locally

Photo  of  Aguu Uganda, entrepreneurial women displaying their handcrafts.

In today’s interconnected world, it is more important than ever to work with local partners. By partnering with local organizations, businesses, and governments, organizations can gain access to local knowledge, resources, and support. This can help them to achieve their goals more effectively and efficiently.

There are many benefits to working with local partners. Some of the most important benefits include:

  • Access to local knowledge and expertise: Local partners can provide organizations with valuable insights into the local context. This can help organizations to better understand the needs of the community and develop solutions that are more likely to be successful.
  • Access to local resources: Local partners can often provide organizations with access to resources that they would not otherwise have. This can include things like funding, facilities, and staff.
  • Increased legitimacy and credibility: Working with local partners can help organizations to gain the trust and support of the community. This can be especially important in developing countries or in communities that have been historically marginalized.
  • Increased capacity and reach: By working with local partners, organizations can expand their capacity and reach. This can help them to reach more people and have a greater impact.
  • Shared responsibility and accountability: When organizations work with local partners, they share the responsibility and accountability for the success of the project. This can help to ensure that the project is sustainable and has a lasting impact.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of success when working with local partners.

Learn More… – 10 Ways to Create Effective Community Partnerships


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