For more than 25 years, IntraHealth has collaborated with Uganda’s government, national health associations, and health training institutions to strengthen the country’s health workforce and improve health services.

Uganda has made notable progress in the past decade: decreasing poverty, reducing child mortality by half, increasing life expectancy, and almost doubling the modern contraceptive prevalence rate.

Yet the country is still far from its goal of universal health coverage. IntraHealth is working with the government and other partners to accelerate progress by increasing the number of health workers, maximizing the performance of the existing health workforce, and strengthening health service delivery to reach people most in need with high-quality care.

Together, we:

  • Develop and implement national- and district-level strategies and approaches that strengthen Uganda’s health workforce and systems.
  • Help health training institutions increase their graduates and better prepare students for careers in health care.
  • Expand access to and use of high-quality health services to those most in need.
  • Use the power of data to advocate for greater funding for Uganda’s health sector.
  • Develop and implement digital health solutions, including iHRIS, IntraHealth’s open source data management software for the health workforce. 

Key Results

health worker 7,200 new health workers hired thanks to the power of data.
dollar sign $20 million increase in funding for human resources for health.
iHRIS icon 168,000+ 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.
Helped 112 districts and 33 central organizations in Uganda develop and implement a human resource information system to track their health workers and identify workforce gaps. 97% of these organizations are now independently managing the system.
Helped Uganda to increase the number of filled positions in the health sector from 53% in 2009 to 73% in 2017.
Slashed unapproved absenteeism in Uganda's health workforce from 50% in 2015 to 11.9% in 2017.
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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