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CDC Donates UGX 1.2b to Health Facilities in Rwenzori :: Uganda Radionetwork
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CDC Donates UGX 1.2b to Health Facilities in Rwenzori

The money from the Centre for Disease Control-CDC through Baylor Uganda will be given to 142 health facilities in the seven districts including Kabarole, Kasese, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa. Twenty-two community based organisations CBOs in the region were also given 550 million Shillings for HIV/AIDS treatment and management.
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Health facilities in the Rwenzori region have received close to 1.2 billion Shillings from the United States to improve delivery of health services.

The money from the Centre for Disease Control-CDC through Baylor Uganda will be given to 142 health facilities in the seven districts including Kabarole, Kasese, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa. Twenty-two community based organisations (CBOs) in the region were also given 550 million Shillings for HIV/AIDS treatment and management.

Joseph Mukasa, the Grants Manager at Baylor Uganda, says that the funds to the facilities are meant to supplement the primary health care from government, support district health officers to monitor lower health facilities and motivate health workers who work beyond the normal hours.

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According to Mukasa, the CBOs will also be required to use the funds to implement the community facility linkage and referral programme.  The CBOs will be tasked to identify people living with HIV&Aids and link them to the facilities for treatment, counseling and psycho-social support.

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Dr. Richard Mugahi, the Kabarole District Health Officer says the funds are timely. He explains that health facilities in the district receive 3.1 million Shillings meant for primary health care every quarter which is inadequate and has affected the programme. 

At the ceremony in Fort Portal to handover the funds , Dr. Joyce Moriku, the Minister of State for Primary Health Care, hailed the US government for its contribution to the health sector. She requested the respective accounting officers of the districts to ensure the funds are put to the right use.

Professor Adeodata Kekitiinwa, the Executive Director Baylor Uganda, says that the CDC through Baylor has in the last quarter given out two billion Shillings to improve health service delivery in the region.

According to a report compiled last year by Rwenzori Anti-Corruption Coalition, provision of health services in the region is severely constrained by insufficient  funds and inadequate health workers resulting into high infant mortality rates.

Annually, the US gives Uganda close to 450 million Dollars in aid, mostly to the health sector especially under The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, also called PEPFAR. The plan is a five-year bilateral commitment by the United States Government to support HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs in developing countries.

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