Religion Politics and the Health System in Uganda




This book analyses the interface of religion and politics, and the resultant impact on the health system in Uganda. Evidence shows that there has always been a strong link between politics and religion in Uganda since the pre-colonial era, during colonial ism, and even in the country’s post-co lonial period. On scrutiny, findings point to a strong relationship between religion and Uganda’s health care delivery systems. It is fitting to conclude that although religion may not necessarily shape all political decisions, behaviour, and health care delivery systems in Uganda; religion, to an observable and appreciable extent, has always and continues to provide the foundations for the country’s health sector system.

In terms of political governance in Uganda, the Anglicans have been favoured more than any other traditional religious groups; and lately, Pentecostal Churches have risen to dominance in shaping the politics of thecountry. Yet there is evidence that Pentecostals are usually uncompromising, exclu sive, dominating, and sometimes antagonistic to values and practices of others. Indeed, a number of Pentecostal politi cians seem to hold extreme views on adolescents and key vulnerable popu lations accessing essential health services, such as contraceptives and the use of condoms; and the predomi nance of such views, could reverse Uganda’s health sector gains and hamper the achievement of the Sustainable I)evelopment Goals and Universal Access to health care.


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