Pesticide Use Health and Environment Project (PHE Project)
With support from DIALOGOS, UNACOH is implementing the PHE project in Wakiso and Pallisa districts. It aims at promoting safer use of pesticides by farmers and improving diagnosis and management of pesticide related diseases by health workers. The project benefits Public Health Spray men (Fumigators), Agro dealers, Flower farm employees, VHTs (Village Health Team Members), Primary School children, Health Care workers, Health Inspectors, Health Assistants and farmers through knowledge sharing.
The world, Uganda inclusive, is challenged to produce more food for the ever increasing population, as well as protect agricultural populations from harmful effects of agricultural pesticides. The Pesticides Use, Health and Environment (PHE) Project Phase II (2013-2017), aims at increasing awareness on safe use of pesticides, alternatives to pesticides in agriculture (IPM) and management of pesticides poisoning in the 17 sub-counties of Wakiso and 19 sub counties of Pallisa District in Uganda.
- The project identifies trains and monitors clinical workers at health centre IIIs (and above), health inspectors, agricultural extension workers, teachers, agro dealers, flower farm employees, public health spray men, farmers and VHTs. These guide community level project implementation.
- At district level, the project promotes a functional multi-sector, multi-disciplinary District Pesticides Committee (DPC) which guides pesticides safety policy and implementation at district level.
- At national level there is an inter-sector Project Steering Committee (PSC) comprising of representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Makerere University School of Public Health, Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, among other stakeholders.
- The PSC promotes a national pesticides safety agenda, including lobbying for a National Pesticides Centre (information, training, research, treatment) and mainstreaming pesticide poisoning into the national HMIS.