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Where We Work / Uganda


The shortage of health workers in Uganda is acute, with staffing levels estimated at only 50% for certain types of personnel and sites. Among cadres such as nurses only about half of approved public-sector positions are filled, according to the Ministry of Health. Labor shortages related to the toll of HIV/AIDS are increasing, and a lack of trained health personnel and staffing imbalances are critical constraints to scaling up services. In short, the country's human resources for health (HRH) capacity is inadequate to meet the current challenges.

Despite some gains in the response to HIV, the epidemic poses one of the most serious obstacles to development and the reduction of poverty in Uganda. As a result there is an urgent need to expand the country's existing HIV/AIDS programs and services to reach all Ugandans, especially those in rural areas, and to fully implement antiretroviral therapy services.

The Capacity Project took into account the range of other HRH programs and activities underway in Uganda, and identified areas where there are still gaps that can be usefully addressed. Overall, the Project's goal was to provide support for strengthening strategic, data-based HRH management, leadership and decision-making at the Ministry of Health's central and district levels. This helped Uganda prepare to meet its health care needs and respond to major challenges such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

The Capacity Project established new human resources information systems at Uganda's health professional councils, as well as a human resources management database and a knowledge management portal at the Ministry of Health to support evidence-based decision-making on the health workforce.

For more information about the Capacity Project’s work in Uganda, read the country brief.


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