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For 25 years, IntraHealth has collaborated with Uganda’s government and national health associations to train health workers and improve the country’s health services.

Uganda has only one doctor, nurse, or midwife for every 714 people—a critical health workforce shortage. Only 69% of public-sector positions are currently filled. And while 87% of the population is rural, most of the health workforce is concentrated in cities. Performance problems, low retention, lack of skills, poor motivation, and absenteeism abound within the health workforce.

Despite the country's hard work in recent years to improve the health of its population, HIV, malaria, and other communicable diseases continue to strain the health system. HIV/AIDS remains the top cause of death in Uganda.

But IntraHealth and Uganda’s Ministries of Health, Education, and Public Service are determined to change that. Together, we're working to:

  • Develop and implement strategies, approaches, and systems that address Uganda’s human resources for health (HRH) problems and strengthen its health systems.
  • Collect data on the health workforce that help country leaders make crucial decisions about funding, deployment, and the future.

Key Results

7,200 new health workers hired thanks to the power of data.
$20 million increase in funding for human resources for health.
69,000+ health worker records tracked and managed through iHRIS.

Selected Achievements

Helped Uganda add over 7,200 new health workers to its health system by helping the health sector use powerful health workforce data to advocate for greater funding from the Uganda Parliament.

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Helped Uganda develop a Human Resources for Health Information System. Most of its 112 districts, 4 health professional councils, & 15 regional and national referral hospitals are using it to track 69,000+ health workers & identify workforce gaps.

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Successfully launched an SMS service to empower patients to verify that a clinic or a medical professional is registered and licensed in Uganda, helping people avoid "quack" practitioners.

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Helped Uganda to increase the number of filled positions in the health sector from 48% in 2009 to 69% in 2014.

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Helped increase funding allocation in Uganda for human resources for health by $20 million, allowing hiring of new health workers and doubling the salaries for some doctors.

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