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Goal: Decrease maternal, neonatal and child morbidity by expanding essential newborn care, scaling up ICCM, supporting innovations, and developing local market shaping strategies
In 2013, Uganda prepared a commodity-focuses plan seeking to increase access to lifesaving commodities. The Ministry of Health and its partners managed to develop a 5 year (2016 to 2020) national forecast for all the 13 lifesaving commodities. They also built the capacity of the National Drug Authority to carry out post shipment testing and piloted a software program, the community Health Management System (CHMS), for promoting health seeking behavior change.
Nearly 1000 health workers in four districts have been trained in IMCI and a prototype of a tool kit (‘Backpack’) developed to address challenges that Village Health Teams face with carrying, storing and safe disposal of their work items.
The country team developed an electronic maternal and child health passport tracking system for monitoring access to care. A RMNCH resource and expenditure tracking tool has been adapted and subsequently pilot tested; the planned next step is to institutionalize this tool.
Then in 2015, the country team received additional support through an RMNCH Country Engagement Process, which it invested to recruit midwives in 30 districts and to scale up the Maternal health voucher scheme which is being co-financed by the World Bank.
To support increased treatment coverage of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea among children under-five in the Global Fund supported districts, the Ministry of Health and its partners supplemented iCCM activities by procurement of non-malaria commodities (Amoxicillin, ORS and Zinc). It is expected that a total of 700,264 cases of pneumonia and 73,712 cases of diarrhoea among children under five will be treated.