Uganda Health Supply Chain: Our Impact

The US Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Deborah Malac, handed the facilities over to the Ministry of Health, represented by Dr. Charles Olaro, the Director of Clinical Services, at a ceremony at Luwunga Health Centre in Wakiso district.

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the US Government officially handed over the first 14 of 26 newly constructed, prefabricated medicine storage units to the Ugandan Ministry of Health to help scale up the country’s HIV and AIDS epidemic response.The facilities will increase storage space for health commodities, including antiretroviral medicines, and will support the roll-out of the test and treat strategy for achieving HIV and AIDS control. The facilities will help ensure that adequate quantities of HIV medicines are available for Ugandans living with HIV.Dr.

 {Photo credit: MSH staff}Laboratory technician, Samuel Oule, discusses laboratory data with the facility in-charge, Dr. Denis Omiat, at Apapai Health Centre IV.Photo credit: MSH staff

The Apapai Health Centre IV laboratory in Serere district, Eastern Uganda, is busy today with ten patients waiting to have their lab tests taken. The laboratory technician, Samuel Oule, is confident that he has the right laboratory supplies to run tests for everyone he will see today—a welcome change from 12 months ago, when he would have had to turn some patients away because he lacked one or more needed laboratory supplies. Lacking needed supplies was fairly common to Oule and others in Uganda.

Principal Dispenser and MTC Secretary, David Ouma in the Moroto regional referral hospital medicines stores

Malaria is the leading cause of outpatient visits in Uganda (Ministry of Health, Annual Health Sector Performance Report, 2015/2016), and prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are crucial for reducing preventable deaths, lowering the risk of resistance to antimalarial medicines, and decreasing medicine wastage and misuse. 

{Photo credit: Sarah Lagot}H.E. Deborah Malac, US Ambassador to Uganda, delivers motorbikes to Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, to support the implementation of the USAID/Uganda Health Supply Chain program’s Supervision Performance Assessment Recognition Strategy.Photo credit: Sarah Lagot

On November 29, 2017, the US Government donated motorcycles and laptop computers to Uganda’s Ministry of Health as part of its ongoing effort to strengthen the health commodity supply chain system and improve the health of Ugandans. The donation was made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID’s Uganda Health Supply Chain (UHSC) program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health. 

{Photo credit: Sheila Mwebaze}Michelle Lang-Ali, Deputy Director of USAID's Health and HIV/AIDS office; Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Uganda; and Birna Trap, Chief of Party, USAID/Uganda Health Supply Chain program, at the launch of the Uganda Clinical Guidelines 2016.Photo credit: Sheila Mwebaze

On September 12, 2017, Uganda’s Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, launched the Uganda Clinical Guidelines (UCG) 2016 and the Essential Medicines and Health Supplies List for Uganda (EMHSLU) 2016. The Ministry of Health (MoH) reviewed and published the guidelines with support from the USAID/Uganda Health Supply Chain program. The MoH periodically updates the country’s UCG and EMHSLU to provide health professionals with current recommendations on how to best manage the most common health conditions in Uganda.