Without its Health, Uganda Cannot Achieve Wealth

April 7, 2017: Today on World Health Day, Uganda should take stock of the progress it has made in creating a healthier population. According to the recently released Uganda Demographic Health Survey (UDHS), there are some clear and positive trends: more women delivering babies in health facilities; substantial reductions in infant and under-five mortality rates; and an increased percentage of hous... Read More »


The United States today demonstrated its ongoing commitment to improving the health of all Ugandans by providing $8.6 million worth of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to Uganda’s National Medical Stores. At a February 15 ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac signed an implementation letter between United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Health, the ... Read More »

U.S. Officials Visit with Participants in DREAMS Program

U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Deborah R. Malac and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Dr. Shannon Smith earlier this month visited a group of girls and young women participating in the DREAMS program at a Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) site in the Mukono District of Uganda. The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) last year initiated the DREAMS program in ... Read More »

Saving Lives at Birth Funding Opportunity

USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, to find the tools and approaches to help the mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours. They seek groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in po... Read More »

PEPFAR Key Populations Investment Fund Notice of Funding Opportunity

We have everything we need to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic — the science, tools, and common vision. But success demands that the protection of human rights remains at the core of our work. Around the globe — including in the United States — stigma and discrimination still threaten key affected populations, including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject d... Read More »

DREAMS Takes Stage at Lira HIV Concert

Last weekend, Stella, a DREAMS ambassador and HIV prevention advocate, addressed the crowd at the iKnowKati HIV awareness concert in Lira. The goal of PEPFAR’s DREAMS initiative is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women. DREAMS works towards ensuring an AIDS-free future for adolescent girls and young women across 10 districts in Uganda,... Read More »

CDC Support Helps Contain Yellow Fever

Five months after a confirmed outbreak, Uganda is now yellow fever-free. Last week, the Ministry of Health announced that the recent outbreak has been fully contained, thanks surveillance work by the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC), supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and mass vaccinations. The Ministry of Health first received an alert of a suspected yellow f... Read More »

PEPFAR and DREAMS Announce Winners of the $85 Million DREAMS Innovation Challenge

On July 19th at the International AIDS Conference in South Africa, PEPFAR announced the winners of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge. DREAMS selected 56 innovators from 15 countries who offer new ways to empower young women. Adolescent girls and young women represent 75 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The winners selected will implement innovative solutions in... Read More »

Ambassador Applauds First Frontline Field Epidemiology Program Graduates

On July 13th, Ambassador Malac participated in the graduation ceremony of the inaugural cohort of trainees from the Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (Frontline FETP). Implemented by the Ministry of Health in partnership with AFENET and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this program aims to build Uganda’s capacity to detect, investigate, and respond to disease outbreaks of ... Read More »

USAID Works with WHO on MDR-TB Treatment Advances

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just announced two new policy recommendations that could save lives by speeding detection and improving treatment outcomes in patients with multi-drug resistant forms of TB (MDR-TB). These recommendations include use of a shorter, less expensive treatment regimen and a novel rapid diagnostic test. The current treatment approach takes 18-24 months to comple... Read More »

Ambassador Malac Opens Gulu’s Newly Renovated Multi-Drug Resistant TB Ward

On May 3rd, Ambassador Malac officially opened the newly renovated multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis ward at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital. In her speech Ambassador Malac said that “TB diagnosis and treatment are now available nationwide, including at lower level health facilities – a real cause for celebration! And over the past few years, we have seen improvements in TB case detectio... Read More »

World Malaria Day

Malaria is the leading cause of illness and death in Uganda.Through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the U.S. Government is committed to eradicating malaria and has contributed more than $200 million to malaria programs since 2006. PMI is making successful contributions to end malaria in Uganda through four key interventions: indoor residual spraying; insecticide-treated nets; intermi... Read More »

Ambassador Malac Commemorates World Health Day at Baylor-Uganda

In honor of World Health Day, Ambassador Deborah Malac today visited the Baylor College of Medicine-Uganda Paediatric Center of Excellence (COE). Funded by the U.S. Government through CDC, Baylor-Uganda leads the way in HIV care and treatment in children and is a prime example of our commitment to improving Ugandans’ health. The U.S. Government has invested more than $83 million in Baylor-Uganda... Read More »

It’s Time for the Government to Invest in Ugandans’ Health and Future

World Health Day Op-ed By U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac April 7, 2016 Every April 7, the world comes together to commemorate World Health Day, a global campaign to improve and promote awareness on key health issues. This year, we can celebrate the fact that Uganda is making great strides towards achieving the United Nations’ sustainable development goal of ensuring good health and well-being fo... Read More »

Ambassador Malac Visits Bulamu Health Camp in Buwambo

On April 5, 2016, Ambassador Malac joined Peace Corps Uganda volunteers at the Bulamu Health Camp in Buwambo. Organized by Bulamu Healthcare International in partnership with Peace Corps Uganda, this three-day health camp provides free health education, screening, and treatment for preventable illnesses. Buwambo is a farming community, with much of the population living below the poverty line and ... Read More »

President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Donates Mosquito Nets to Refugees

On March 15, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), a collaborative U.S. Government effort led by USAID, took part in donating more than a quarter of a million mosquito nets to people living in Uganda’s refugee settlements. This initiative was a joint effort with the Government of Uganda, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World He... Read More »

U.S. Hands over National Health Laboratory to Ministry of Health

The National Health Laboratory Will Strengthen Uganda’s Health Systems The U.S. Government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transferred the recently completed construction of the National Health Laboratory in Kampala to the Ministry of Health on Friday, January 15.  U.S. Mission Uganda’s Chargé d’Affaires Trish Mahoney and Minister of State Chris Baryomunsi p... Read More »

Uganda Sees Remarkable Decrease in Maternal and Child Deaths

Kampala–U.S. Mission Uganda, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH), celebrated the success of reducing maternal mortality by 30% though Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL), a program supported by the U.S. government (USG).  The results were highlighted at a dissemination meeting held in Kabarole district today, where MOH, USG, and SMGL partners discussed key findings and lessons learne... Read More »
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