chapter  14
10 Pages

What does privatization mean for women in Uganda?

WithHarriet Diana Musoke

Women have unique health needs. They face a variety of reproductive health and sexual health problems. In addition to this, they make up the vast majority of healthcare providers in Ugandan community and society. Unfortunately with the introduction of privatization, women’s special needs, responsibilities, and concerns were never taken into account. With privatization, everything the women and men expected government to do it now does less of, preferring to support markets in which these services are delivered through independent, profit-maximizing agents. Systems such as contracting out, vouchering, and the selling off of state assets have been used to remake the government (Strison, 1999).