Dr. Lisa says through partnership with the National Ebola Task Force, the Center for Disease Control assisted the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in testing more than 600 Ebola surveillance samples collected from the porous border with DR Congo in which Four were confirmed to be Ebola.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has
boosted Uganda’s Ebola efforts with a donation of 5.5 Billion shillings.
The committed funds will be spent in supporting the Ministry of health conduct
surveillance at its border with Democratic Republic of Congo.
Patricia Rader, the Head of USAID in Uganda says the assistance is for
strengthening health preparedness necessary for preventing major outbreak of Ebola
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Rader says since 2015, USAID has spent 80 Billion shillings or US$ 22 Million
in supporting the Ministry of health deal with Ebola threats and emerging
pandemic diseases. She says the US Mission in Uganda is very firm on ground to
support Uganda’s efforts against Ebola threats and other health emergencies
Dr Lisa Nelson, the head of the US Center for Disease Control says the US
Mission is supporting the Ministry of Health Ebola task-force financially and
technically to better respond to Ebola emergencies.
Dr Lisa says through partnership with the National Ebola Task Force, the Center
for Disease Control assisted the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in
testing more than 600 Ebola surveillance samples collected from the porous
border with DR Congo in which Four were confirmed to be Ebola.
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She says they are currently engaged in building a strong global health security
system, laboratories and continuous health workforce training for enhancing
healthcare in the country.
Dr Lisa explains that the US Mission through Center for Disease Control is also
supporting the Public Health Emergency Operation Center activated for Ebola and
other infectious diseases such as Cholera in Naguru Hospital, Entebbe
International Airport and Kisoro district.
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In Malaria Control programs, the US Mission says it will continue supporting
three critical interventions that have proven effective in reducing cases of
Malaria among communities.
The interventions are distribution and use of long-lasting insecticide-treated
mosquito nets, awareness creation and indoor residual spraying which protected
4 Million people last year.
Deborah Malac, the US Ambassador says the Mission is currently planning the
Malaria Control operations for the next year to continue the interventions. She
said it is still unclear how much will be spent on the interventions.
In 2018, the US Mission spent 1.9 trillion shillings in the Health Sector
supporting programs for controlling and treating HIV, Tuberculosis, Malaria and
health workers’ training amongst others.