Uganda Capacity Program

IntraHealth led a five-year, $11 million USAID-funded program to build the capacity of Ugandan institutions to plan for, develop, and strengthen the management of their health care workforce. Building on the success of the IntraHealth-led Capacity Project, IntraHealth worked with the Ministry of Health, other line ministries, and professional councils and also collaborated with Makerere University School of Public Health, Mbarara University, Gulu University, and the Uganda Management Institute.

Launched in 2009, the initiative focused on:

  • Enhancing capacity for human resources for health (HRH) policy and planning
  • Strengthening HRH systems for improved health care quality
  • Improving health workforce management practices.  

The program used the following strategies:

  • Strengthening local institutions, including its local project partners
  • Partnering with key stakeholders including central and district governments, professional councils and associations, and local universities
  • Cultivating synergistic relationships with other donors active in HRH, including other USAID implementing partners
  • Institutionalizing and nationally scaling up the most promising HRH practices
  • Addressing gender discrimination to create the greatest possible pool of health and social welfare workers available to meet Uganda’s critical workforce shortages.

Selected Achievements

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.


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.


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.


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