As the Executive Director of this great organization, I am extremely honored by the successive achievements attained over the years. I am grateful to our donors, partners and members without whom such achievements would not be possible.
Our main focus being on multi-institutional initiatives, quality assurance, community linkages and innovative programming and services to People with Disabilities and other vulnerable groups in Busoga sub region.
Significant achievements have been made in the past 15 years. There has been significant improvement in organizational capacity at IDIWA. We have reviewed old policies and introduced new ones with the aim of strengthening internal controls, improving Procurement, Human resource management and Administration. These include Procurement Policy, Fraud policy, Finance Policy and Administration manual. A new strategic plan was developed (2015/19) which expanded the area of operation from Iganga district to the entire Busoga sub region. This has opened doors to new program areas and target groups including Women, Children, Youth and People living with HIV/AIDS. A new Board was instituted with members from diverse professional backgrounds and experience; this has increased board supervision and support to secretariat. The Secretariat was strengthened with competent and experienced staff to manage different program components. The staff has been trained in various skills including Management, Business Management, Fundraising and Resource mobilization, Team building all of which have improved service delivery.
The media has been involved to amplify disability issues resulting into increased visibility and discussion of issues affecting PWDs. Furthermore, IDIWA is increasingly witnessing support by Local Governments towards PWDs.
IDIWA launched a comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) strategy in collaboration with the Iganga District Health Department and other stakeholders. The strategy raises issues of human rights, gender and equity, resource availability and distribution, participatory processes involving individuals, families, and communities. The SRHS was adopted by the district as a guide on improving access and demand for SRH services by GWWDs. As a result, the District Health Department has trained over 175 GWWDs on topical reproductive health issues including Sexually Transmitted Infection and family planning among others. GWWDs are actively seeking family planning and other reproductive health services from health centres in their communities across the district. Through our advocacy for access to reproductive health rights by GWWDs, there is improved service delivery as some health centres have been equipped with adjustable labour beds and access ramps.
Women with Disabilities have been empowered through entrepreneurship and business management skills, seed funds for investment in agricultural production, non-farm household Income Generating Activities and loan funds for establishment of new small scale businesses. In order to improve livelihoods and entrepreneurship, Women with Disabilities have been organized into Savings and Credit groups to enable them access seed funds and loan funds and business training and counseling. They have been given short-term agricultural sector productivity or food security training to enable them fend for themselves through identification of resources and feasible business opportunities. Feasibility study and business planning for a fruit juice and tomato sauce processing centre was completed and this is a big step into the journey of WWDs engaging in real business and exposing their potential hence, gaining a better position to advocate for their rights.
To deliver a strategic ambition, we relentlessly pursue institutional effectiveness. We ensure that we operate within a recognized model of best practice and that our governance and decision making activities are in line with government policy.
We are flexible, innovative and dedicated to promotion of human rights of all people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. We develop a culture that supports continuous improvement and professionalism, so that we have the ability to respond quickly to the rapidly changing environment. All our staff is accountable and responsible for their contribution in pursuance of our strategic plan.