Joint efforts by the Ugandan Ministry of Health and Amref Health Africa have in recent years improved overall access to better health for its people. Today, 72% of the population lives within 5km of a health facility. Communicable diseases such as malaria, HIV and TB are among the leading causes of death and illness in Uganda, and women and children are worst affected. Today, an estimated one million adults, 57% of them women and 187,000 children, are HIV-positive. HIV also fuels the TB epidemic; 50% of HIV-positive people have TB, and 30% of them eventually die as a result.
Rural areas have least access to basic health care, safe water and sanitation. This, alongside poor hygiene, creates high rates of diarrhoeal disease and death in children.
Working with district health teams and health care institutions, Amref Health Africa in Uganda is improving the knowledge and skills of local communities and health professionals through training and onsite support, targeting community health workers and key actors such as Village Health Team (VHTs), youth clubs, women’s groups and community opinion leaders.
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