Q&A with Josephine Isepi, Program Officer at Ring of Hope Blue Cross UgandaJosephine IsepiProgram Officer at Ring of Hope Blue Cross Uganda
1. Why is the work of the Blue Cross important to you?
Our work is important to me because it helps to save people’s lives through information dissemination about the negative consequences of alcohol and drug abuse. Many lives have been saved through our work of promoting treatment and rehabilitation for people with substance use disorders.
2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work – if so, which aspects?
Yes, I am convinced of the impact of our work. In the aspect of prevention, we have been able to transform many people’s lives in different communities and they are leading a productive life without drugs and alcohol. This is through the self-help approach, awareness seminars, etc.
Through our education programme, many children from addiction affected families have been supported and are now progressing well with their studies. Some of these children have now completed their studies at University level and others are continuing with their studies at different levels of education.
3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?
My happiest moment was when our organization was affiliated to the big network of international blue cross.
4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?
My biggest challenge is limited funds whereby salaries are not paid instead we receive motivational allowances that are not constant every month and yet less. Another challenge is transporting to the communities where we carry out our activities which are difficult and expensive.
The high rate of relapse among the recovering addicts makes the work so challenging to us as service providers.
5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider your most important project?
We are so proud of our prevention programme through which we are building the capacity of the most affected communities and those which are at high risk of getting addicted to alcohol and other substances.
We offer life-skills training to the affected individuals and groups. Under this, we have many other underlying activities like making of plant hangers, paper bags, agriculture, making of shopping bags, making of necklaces and earrings among others. This is majorly for economic empowerment to the people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.