By Watchdog reporter
The U.S. Mission to Uganda on September 30, 2016 awarded University Research Co., LLC (URC)’s Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in East Central Uganda Activity a $ 55,372,562 million agreement to support the design and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated regional health, HIV/AIDS, and nutrition project.
The award, which was made possible due to the support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), aims to maximize the impact of the investments of the Government of Uganda, the U.S. Government, and others, in health services and systems.
The five-year activity targets 11 districts in East Central Uganda with an estimated total population of 4.1 million through a district-based integrated package of quality health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and child development services. The activity will build on previous USAID-funded efforts to address HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; family planning; malaria; nutrition; maternal, neonatal, and child health; as well as other related projects in the region.
“By concentrating increased resources on specific interventions in the focus districts and communities, the activity expects to have a significant, measurable, and lasting impact on the beneficiary population,” said U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac. “These efforts will ultimately contribute to changes in key indicators such as HIV and malaria prevalence; maternal, neonatal, and child mortality; modern contraceptive method use; and child development outcomes.”
The activity aims to increase citizens’ utilization of health services by increasing the availability of and accessibility to health services, improving the quality of health services, increasing the availability of resources for public sector health services, improving the organization and management of service delivery; as well as increased the adoption of healthy behaviors and positive child development practices by communities in focus areas and target population groups.
USAID’s support to Uganda’s districts under the Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in East Central Activity will be complemented by linkages to national programs in health systems strengthening, including but not limited to, human resources for health, supply chain management, health management information systems, district development, health communication, and private sector development.