U.S. Government Launches Project to Improve Health Services in Acholi Region

KAMPALA – As part of the U.S. government’s ongoing efforts to improve the health of all Ugandans, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching a new $28.3 million initiative to strengthen health services in the Acholi region.  This five-year project –  called the Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Northern Uganda, Acholi (RHITES-Acholi) activity – will enable Northern Uganda health districts to provide better medical services to Ugandans.

Working with local partners, the RHITES-Acholi activity will increase health care provider availability, improve access to medications and commodities, promote effective equipment operation and maintenance, and improve management of health services.  Additionally, the activity will promote the adoption of healthy behaviors by raising awareness at the individual, provider, and community levels, with the goals of reducing delays in seeking care and lowering barriers to service usage.

USAID awarded the RHITES-Acholi project to University Research Co. LLC, a global health organization with a long history of working in Uganda.  This initiative is part of the U.S. government’s annual investment of approximately $500 million in Uganda’s health sector.