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Amref Health Africa in Uganda

Amref Health Africa is a non-governmental organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya and founded in 1957. Our vision is lasting health change in Africa. We began partnering with communities to improve health in Uganda in the mid-1980s, and set up an office in Kampala in 1987.


Amref Health Africa partners with the Uganda Ministry of Health, Ministry of Water, Ministry of Education and Sports and corporate and non-profit organisations to improve access to health services across the country.


Amref Health Africa’s seminal projects in Uganda were related to providing health services and education to communities and local institutions acutely affected by the detrimental effects of ongoing civil and political unrest.

Our Projects

In Uganda, Amref Health Africa has 12 projects across 47 districts that aim to:

1. Make pregnancy safe and expand reproductive health
2. Reduce morbidity and mortality among children
3. Scale up HIV, TB and malaria responses
4. Prevent and control diseases related to poor water, sanitation and hygiene.
5. Increase access by disadvantaged communities to quality medical, surgical and diagnostic services
6. Develop a strong research and innovation portfolio to contribute to health improvements.

Amref Health Africa in Uganda

Scale-up of Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention


Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Goal: Working in partnership with the district local governments and Rakai Health Sciences project, the goal is to contribute to a reduction in the number of new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in seven high prevalence districts of Uganda.

Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality


Funder: Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada

Goal: Improve health care services for women and children

Nurses and Midwives eLearning Upgrading Programme


Funder: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson and Johnson

Goal: To train 3,000 enrolled midwives to a diploma (registered) level more quickly and cost-effectively than traditional classroom-based teaching methods, in order to improve the health of the rural and disadvantaged populations that often lack access to skilled health workers. The project is adapted from a successful eLearning model scaled-up in Kenya.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Alliance


Funder: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Goal: Working in partnership with the Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda as a member of the Uganda WASH Alliance, the project trains local artisans to construct WASH infrastructure (including water access points, showers and ventilated improved pit latrines) and establishes WASH committees, made up of elected community members who collect fees from community members to pay for ongoing maintenance.

Basic Water and Sanitation for Peri-Urban and Urban Communities in Kawempe, Pader, Kitgum and Gulu


Funder: European Union, under the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP-EU) water facility programme

Goal: In partnership with the Ministry of Water and Environment, the project focuses on poor communities within or close to cities that lack access to clean water and adequate sanitation and hygiene. The project is being implemented in three districts in northern Uganda – Gulu, Kitgum, Pader – and Kawempe division in Kampala District.

Health Systems Advocacy


Funder: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Goal:  To achieve Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights through strengthened health systems, in partnership with the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), HEPs – coalition for Health and Social Development (representing HAI). The project is being implemented in six districts: Soroti and Serere, Lira and Dokolo, Kabale and Kisoro. Amref Health Africa’s main role in the partnership in Uganda is human resources for health, reproductive health products, and advocacy interventions at the community, district and national levels.

Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in South Western Uganda (RHITES)


Funder: U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)

Goal: The project takes a data driven and integrated approach to increase the availability, accessibility and quality of health services, including:  HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment; maternal, neonatal and child health; family planning; nutrition counselling; malaria treatment; and, primary care services in 14 districts of south west region of Uganda. The project also seeks to expand access to HIV treatment and prevention services for adolescents, young women and other key populations who are at an increased risk for HIV infection.

Maternal Child Health

Sanyu Lya Muzadde Project


Funder: Comic Relief (UK)

Goal: To improve maternal and child health in the districts of Nakaseke and Kyankwanzi by supporting districts and communities in identifying and implementing lasting health changes to uplift the welfare of women and children.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Alliance


Funder: MacArthur Foundation

Goal: To provide treatment for women living with obstetric fistula (a hole in the birth canal often caused by obstructed or prolonged labour and lack of access to emergency medical care) in the districts of Lira, Arua and Adjumai. The project also supports the women to start up some livelihood activities to provide a source of income.

Maternal and Child Health (Min Latin) Project


Funder: Big Lottery Fund

Goal: To improve maternal and child health in Gulu and Amuru districts in northern Uganda, working in partnership with Women and Children First, the Ministry of Health in Uganda and the district local government

Clinical Outreach project


Funder: Smile Train

Goal: To strengthen the capacity of the health work force to deliver quality clinical and diagnostic services to under-served communities in Uganda and to generate evidence to inform best practice and policy. The project also aims to strengthen the capacity of the health care system and provide essential quality medical services.

Saving Mothers and Babies with Reliable Solar Power


Funder: Saving Lives at Birth (a collaboration of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the Government of Norway, and the Department for International Development (DFID) in the United Kingdom)

Goal: Working in partnership with We Care Solar®, the White Ribbon Alliance, and the Ugandan government, Amref Health Africa is integrating the new and innovative We Care Solar Suitcase® – a user-friendly, solar-powered technology that provides a sustainable source of power for essential medical and communication devices – into a comprehensive approach for addressing infrastructure challenges, health worker training needs, poor access to health services, and inefficient data management systems.

Staying Alive Project


Funder: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Goal: To improve the availability of delivery under the skilled care of a health worker, postnatal care, family planning, emergency obstetric care, referral, transport and communication and fistula repair services. The project aims to contribute towards the reduction of the Maternal Mortality Ratio by 75% and to significantly reduce the maternal morbidity of the 80,940 women of reproductive age in Soroti, Serere and Katakwi districts.


In Uganda, the organisation is in an official working relationship with the Ministry of Health, is a member of the Country’s Health Advisory Committee, and sits on the INGO Secretariat. Amref Health Africa in Uganda works closely with and has Memoranda of Understanding with UNICEF, UNFPA, and Makerere University School of Public Health. Amref Health Africa also has strong bilateral support from USAID, CDC, the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA), and the European Commission.

Donors: Big Lottery Fund UK through women and children first, Center for Disease control (CDC), Coca Cola Limited , Comic Relief UK, European Union, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK)- UK, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)- through Amref Health Africa in Germany, Italian Corporation for Development – through Amref Italy, Johnson and Johnson- USA, Knight Frank-UK, MacArthur Foundation, Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN), Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs – through Amref Netherlands , Office of the First Lady in Uganda, Smile Train-USA, Sterstunden – Germany through Amref Health Africa in Germany, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)– Through EGPAF for RHITES South West (Uganda), United Bank of Africa (UBA)

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