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Survey On Uganda's Primary Health Care Performance Starts

Professor Frederick Wabwire-Mangen, the principal investigator told URN in an interview on Monday that there was a need to establish the abilities and capacities of health facilities across the country for proper government planning.
04 Mar 2019 19:15
The principal investigator and public health specialist at Makerere University Professor Fred Wabwire-Mangen in an interview with URN

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The Makerere University School of Public Health has launched a survey to establish the performance of primary health care services in Uganda.  

The survey to run for three months will be conducted in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with a view of understanding citizens’ health-seeking behaviours, satisfaction and gaps if any.  

Together with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) the survey will include 101 randomly selected enumeration areas across the country. 

The 31 enumeration areas are selected in urban areas and 79 in rural areas. A further forty households are to be selected in each enumeration area, according to Prof. Wabwire. 

The study will be conducted in both private and public health facilities across the country as well as in households in the enumerated areas across the country.  

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Professor Frederick Wabwire-Mangen, the principal investigator told URN in an interview on Monday that there was a need to establish the abilities and capacities of health facilities across the country for proper government planning.  

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According to Wabwire, there is evidence to suggest that there are gaps in the health care delivery services in the country. He observes the data collected in the survey will enable highlight areas for intervention. 

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June-Ho Kim, a Research Fellow at Ariadne Labs and Harvard Medical School confirms the partnership arguing that Uganda is a key player in setting the model for what can be done to achieve the millennium development goal universal health coverage.  

According to Kim, the same survey has been piloted in Ghana in 2016 and 2017. He says Uganda is the second country in Africa to have this survey carried out.

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