Like most health facilities in the Lango sub-region, Anyeke HCIV in Oyam district grapples with a community that stigmatizes tuberculosis (TB), as well as low detection rates, treatment adherence, and completion rates. In the entire sub-region, only 42.7 percent of people know at least two signs and symptoms of TB.
MCSP has helped to build the capacity of health personnel to manage and deliver routine immunization services in more than 400 health facilities across 11 districts in Uganda.
The 2019 ICT4D Conference brought together practitioners, ministry officials, and technology implementers for 3 days of discussion and workshops on innovations in using technology for development. In this blog, JSI’s Lisa Kowalski reflects on learnings revolving around one of the key conference themes: data.
JSI’s TB team from the USAID-funded Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango program worked with the leadership from a hospital and the district health office to identify the reasons the hospital was underusing GeneXpert and developed a plan to address the issue.
A diverse, nutrient-rich diet is the most sustainable way to prevent the negative effects of micronutrient deficiencies, such as anemia and other conditions, which can permanently impede children’s physical and cognitive growth, increase maternal and infant morbidity, and in extreme cases, lead to mortality. To address these issues, Uganda’s Ministry of Health began working with USAID in 2016 on a project to make fortified foods and supplements available to communities that cannot receive these necessary nutrients from their local food sources.
Malnutrition is one of the greatest challenges to health and development in many low- and middle-income countries—it contributes to 45 percent of all deaths in children under the age of five. Like any national challenge, sufficient, sustained funding is needed to address this issue.
Meeting the nutritional needs of young children is a particularly important aspect of global health, as insufficient nutrition during periods of rapid growth, which overlap with the weaning period, can have serious negative effects on health and other life-long outcomes. The long-term solution for solving micronutrient inadequacy is ensuring a sustainable and diverse diet through food-based approaches.
On father’s day, JSI’s Timothy Kiyemba travels to Uganda’s Lubaare health center to interview Kenneth, a health worker and dad of three, about how the involvement of fathers improves vaccination rates and other health outcomes.
The future of immunization supply chains in Africa was the subject of a recent discussion hosted by JSI and PATH at the Exchange of best practices workshop on Reaching Every Community (REC); Equity and Integration of Child survival interventions in East and Southern African Countries.” JSI’s Jeff Sanderson offers examples of immunization supply chains that have been effectively transformed.