Health & Education
Bride price traps women in relationships that they cant get out from
In Mifumi village, where MIFUMI’s domestic violence work began, the organisation is keen to create a model village, to demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of integrated community intervention models. To this end, besides the domestic violence work, MIFUMI also runs health and education program
MIFUMI believes in providing health care to those who cannot afford it. We promote primary health care through a community health centre with emphasis on maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health. We focus on enhancing the quality of life and protecting the rights of vulnerable people.experiential learning, become better health practitioners.
Mifumi Health Centre attended to nearly 7000 people last year and more than 150,000 since its inception.
It supported women by providing properly trained health workers and traditional birth attendants working with the community in a modern health unit and to address other reproductive and sexual health needs and rights through information, education and lobbying and communication.
The health centre also serves as a learning centre for not only the community but also students from Makerere University College of Health Science. Through a partnership under the auspices of the Community Based Education Research and Services (COBES), the students identify a public health issue to which they find a solution and through this experiential learning, become better health practitioners.
MIFUMI strives to provide quality education to rural children to enable them realize their full potential for development. This is implemented through Mifumi Primary School (MPS) established as a centre of learning and for the promotion of equal opportunities for girls, recognition of effort and value of contribution towards uplifting society. MPS has gone against all odds to continually excel in Primary Leaving Examinations increasing opportunities for its children to attend secondary school.
MPS recognizes the importance of early childhood education and as such, offers nursery school education something quite unique for a rural school. There are about 700 pupils from nursery to primary seven.
Although MPS has both boys and girls, education of the girl child is emphasized and admission of girls into the school prioritized. Education is the greatest equalizer. To achieve gender parity, it is important therefore that girls’ education is encouraged.
Current statistics state that girls who stay in school engage in sex later and therefore are less likely to fall pregnant while still in school and a girl with seven years of education marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children
To make it easier for girls to stay in school, a boarding section has been introduced to cater to the older classes. Girls typically spend a lot of time after school doing chores at home, tasks that boys are not required to partake in. Boarding school should be able to iron out this disparity and therefore improve girls’ chances of excelling.