Ministry of health is set to spend 7.94 billion shillings on scholarships for over 500 health workers under the Uganda Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health Services Improvement Project.
The scholarships focus on critical disciplines that have been considered essential for improving skills in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health services.
According to the ministry Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine, 720 students were awarded scholarships, 184 of who were awarded in 2017/18 and 536 this academic year 2018/19.
“We are investing in you but we want to see the returns in form of services. That’s why we are signing contracts with you so that when you finish the course we give you jobs and that’s our commitment,” Atwine told the health workers.
While addressing journalists at the Ministry of Health headquarters Dr Atwine said that the courses are at different levels certificates, diplomas, bachelors and post graduates.
The payment, she said, will vary per level of training with diplomas averaging 6.5 million shillings, Bachelors degrees at 15 million and post graduate training is around 21 million.
“This money will pay tuition for three years, an allowance for accommodation and research” she said.
91 health workers will enroll for various Masters degrees, 35 for bachelor’s degrees ,301 for diplomas, 10 will go for a fellowship in Neonatology and 99 have signed to study for certificate in theater techniques.