THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR UGANDA TO HAVE A HEALTH BUDGET CUT!

According to the current budget framework paper, the government plans to slash the health budget to UGX 2.5 trillion, a huge reduction by UGX 258.29 billion (23.6%), from last year’s allocations. This cut is despite the fact that the total resource envelope for this financial year is projected to increase by UGX 164 billion; to UGX45.6 trillion.

“It is unfathomable that the government of Uganda has proposed cuts to the health budget at such a time when the country is grappling with the devastating economic and health effects of the pandemic. This exemplifies how uncaring the government continues to act towards her citizens, especially women and other vulnerable groups who are disproportionately affected. Times such as these call for leadership that cares for their citizens and prioritizes critical public sectors such as health, rather than funding sectors such as security that continue to serve as tools for oppressing and meting violence on citizens,” Eunice Musiime, Executive Director, Akina Mama wa Afrika.