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.
Amref Health Africa is:
- Creating access to and demand for Sexual and Reproductive Health rights programmes through its Youth Empowerment project in Northern Uganda.
- Improving water, sanitation and hygiene for poor peri-urban and urban communities in Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts and Kawempe Division in Kampala.
- Scaling up comprehensive HIV and AIDS prevention targeting most at-risk populations with HIV/AIDS, Counselling and Testing, Adult Safe Male Circumcision, prevention and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections and condom promotion in Wakiso, Mityana, Mubende, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Luwero and Kalangala districts.
- Strengthening the capacities of health systems to provide essential specialised health care services in Amudata, Arua, Bundibugyo, Gulu, Adjumani, Kaboongo, Agago, Kachorwa, Kasese, Kisoro, Kumi, Moroto, Bebbi and Ntungamo districts.
- Saving Lives at Birth in Kabale, Rukunkigir, Kanungu and Kisoro Districts.
- Strengthen diagnostic services and enhancing quality health care delivery.
- Repairing cleft lips and palates in North and Eastern Uganda.
- Promoting Maternal and Child Health in Soroti, Serere and Katakwi Districts.
- Promoting Personal Hygiene and Sanitation (PHASE) in primary schools in Kawempe slum in Kampala District.
- Training midwives to diploma level (registered) through eLearning in Mengo, Nsambya, Masaka, Soroti and Arua nursing and midwifery schools.
- Increasing access to sexual and reproductive health information to youth in Northern Uganda.
- Strengthening Ministry of Health community disease surveillance in Northern Uganda.