By Gloria Nakiyimba
The people of Lango sub region have a reason to smile following the launch of a five year $32.8 million program that will provided better health services in nine districts.
The USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Northern Uganda program was launched on Thursday by the United States government and the Government of Uganda
USAID country Director, Joachim Parker says the program will focus on maternal and neonatal child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene.
“Whether it is controlling the spread of HIV, ensuring that new mothers and babies receive proper healthcare, or building stronger and more effective health systems, the United States invests in Uganda to see its people live up to their full potential” said Parker.
Under the program USAID will design and implement health system strengthening strategies to scale up high-impact, evidence-based interventions at the national, sub-regional, district, and community levels.
Districts to benefit from the program are Alebtong, Amolatar, Apac, Lira, Oyam, Dokolo, Kole, Otuke, and Kwania.
This program will enhance health by increasing districts’ capacity to apply proven best practices and services the people in the districts.
According to a statement from the US Embassy in Kampala, the program will also promote the adoption of healthy behaviors by raising awareness of the importance of reducing delays in seeking care and lower sociocultural barriers to service uptake.
By leveraging and linking resources, the program will improve commodity access, promote effective operation and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment, and improve management and governance of health services.