Monday, 17 July 2017

My experience with RCRA- Letter from our recent graduate volunteer

I had a wonderful experience with RCRA.
On my research placement through VMM international, I was deeply impressed to find an organisation that offers such a welcoming and friendly environment. RCRA greatly facilitated my research because of my being part of its team for community outreach. With the variety of programmes in many fields, one can easily find areas of interest, and discover one’s potential.
Being community based is a great tool for being in touch with the reality of life. It offers opportunities for sharing one’s talents with the staff and the communities and learn so much from the field itself.
Being a research based organization and well rooted in today’s technology, RCRA has plenty of materials from different fields which provide for up-to-date and reliable information.
RCRA is concerned for the wellbeing of its team members and for the best outcome from the various activities undertaken there. Everyone knocking at the door is given a welcome worthy of their dignity and respect. There is a high level of professionalism that enables a climate of simplicity, confidence, determination and pride in one’s work.
May everyone coming to RCRA have a life-giving experience and be a brick in the building of community empowerment at all levels.
Sr. Odile Ntakirutimana
Daughters of Mary and Joseph
LLM student at NUIG, ICHR 2016-2017.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Understanding fountain of high maternal and child mortality

Understanding root causes of high maternal and child mortality.
High #maternal & child #mortality are attributed to health-facility and community-led gaps which affects timely access and use of formal health care. These gaps described the " Three delay model" (Thaddeus and Maine, 1994): Inability to recognize the problem and make a quick decision to seek care,  Inability to reach the point of care and delay in receiving quality care.  To address the three delays and bridge the barriers listed above, RCRA has deployed strategies of repositioning TBAs as link providers supported by community health workers (CHEWs) as well as community #pregnancy #surveillance and targeted education episodes

Friday, 3 July 2015

Nutrition Analysis in Rwenzori Region of Western Uganda

Despite the ongoing interventions by stakeholder, adequate nutrition as an essential prerequisite for maintaining health status remains unbalanced as proven that the Ugandan diet is to gain energy-rich but nutrient-very poor.
Uganda has ratified a range of international covenants and committed itself to ending hunger and malnutrition, the absolute number of Ugandans unable to access recommended calories has increased in all regions because of the uneven distribution of food, access constraints related to seasonality factors, poverty, inequality in wealth and diseases. Nutrition is vital to Rwenzori Region’s larger development and a prerequisite for further progress on the hunger and health Post 2015 MDGs. The primary goal of this Study was to create awareness of malnutrition in the Rwenzori Region of Uganda and to advocate for resources to be committed to what works for the primary beneficiaries.

For purposes of evidence, Data was collected using structure administered questionnaires was at 95% level of confidence with 5% negligible none human errors. SPSS tool version 20.0 was employed to facilitate statistical analysis under the instructions of a group of graduate statisticians and RCRA research task force. The study was conducted in Rwenzori Region of Uganda to be a representative of Uganda at regional level. Villages were selected using Uganda Bureau of Statistics 2014 Census report.

Uganda’s most common malnutrition problems are high rates of chronic malnutrition and micronutrient
Deficiencies, especially of Vitamin A and iron. Malnutrition in all its forms remains largely a “hidden problem” since a majority of children affected are moderately malnourished and identifying malnutrition in these children without regular assessments is difficult. Limited access to food, poor maternal and childcare practices, Inadequate Water and Sanitation Health Services caused by agriculture and food storage and processing, poverty and food prices, Health systems, Health seeking behavior, Education , women’s time and empowerment all at household level.

The nutrition position in the 7 districts of Rwenzori region is summarized as the double burden of malnutrition where under nutrition coexists with over nutrition, Increasing adolescent pregnancies and large family sizes are undermining food security and nutrition, Changing gender roles are affecting food security and nutrition, Poor health infrastructure is undermining nutrition outcomes, Food insecurity is increasing, Income and wealth disparities are increasing. Limited access to information despite abundance of cheap communication technologies. analysis recommends approaches to improving the design and delivery of nutrition services to prevent, reduce and control malnutrition.

Programmes that aim to improve malnutrition should focus on improving hygiene and sanitation practices, and reducing disease burden. They should include practical ways to improve diet diversity and increase the energy and nutrient density of local diets, should shift from a mother-focused paradigm to family-focused programming and involve men and other household members. Messages and dialogue should include what men. Nutrition programmes should be designed to cover larger areas and emphasise approaches that achieve wide coverage.

Research shows that appropriate food security interventions can improve household food security as well as the nutritional wellbeing of vulnerable members of the assessed population.
By Jostas Mwebembezi- Principal Investigator.

Ebola Cases and Deaths

As of June 28, 2015, a total of 27,550 (suspected, probable, and confirmed) cases of Ebola (15,119 laboratory-confirmed) and 11,235 deaths have been reported.
Case counts are updated in conjunction with WHO and based on information reported by the ministries of health.
Cases are reported by country of diagnosis and updated as confirmatory testing is completed.
For specific areas where cases have been identified, see CDC’s Ebola outbreak webpage(

Countries with Widespread Transmission

Country: Guinea
Total Cases: 3,729*
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 3,269
Total Deaths: 2,482

Country: Sierra Leone
Total Cases: 13,119*
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 8,665
Total Deaths: 3,932

Countries with Former Widespread Transmission

Country: Liberia
Total Cases 10,666*
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 3,151
Total Deaths: 4,806

Previously Affected Countries**

Country: Nigeria
Total Cases: 20
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 19
Total Deaths: 8

Country: Senegal
Total Cases: 1
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 1
Total Deaths: 0
Country: Spain
Total Cases: 1
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 1
Total Deaths: 0
Country: United States
Total Cases: 4
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 4
Total Deaths: 1

Country: Mali
Total Cases: 8
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 7
Total Deaths: 6

Country: United Kingdom
Total Cases: 1
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 1
Total Deaths: 0

Total Cases: 35
Laboratory-Confirmed Cases: 33
Total Deaths: 15

*Total case counts include suspected, probable, and confirmed cases.
**There are currently no cases of Ebola in Senegal, Nigeria, Spain, the United States, Mali, and the United Kingdom. A national Ebola outbreak is considered to be over when 42 days (double the 21-day incubation period of Ebola virus) has elapsed since the last patient in isolation became laboratory negative for Ebola.


Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. Available evidence shows that people who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years, and possibly longer. It isn’t known if people who recover are immune for life or if they can become infected with a different species of Ebola.

Some people who have recovered from Ebola have developed long-term complications, such as joint and muscle pain and vision problems

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sustainable Development Aid Support

We're recruiting 121,000 volunteers countrywide. Contact us via for instructions. Only #Ugandans. Deadline 30july2015

Saturday, 20 June 2015

How we use ICT4D

At RCRA-UGANDA we use information and communications technology for development(ICT4D) to improve the way we design and implement programs of all kinds, from our signature activities in disaster and emergency response, agricultural livelihoods and health, to our strategic  complementary efforts in education, scientific and applied research, advocacy, microfinance,peacebuilding, and water and sanitation.

We closely work with technology partners to deploy ICT4D tools and resources in ways that meet the local needs of the communities we serve.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

RCRA-UGANDA Director speaks at the ICT4D conference

RCRA-UGANDA' Director presents an abstract at the conference CRS ICT4D2015 in Chicago USA. Increasing impact through innovation.
Accessing mobile phone is not a problem in Rwenzori rural communities.