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Northern Uganda: The Northern Uganda Health Integration for Enhanced Services (NU-HITES) Project

Donor: USAID
Grant Amount: $50,000,000
Technical Areas Covered: Community-Led Health Systems Strengthening


Project Summary:

Over the past two decades, Northern Uganda has faced cycles of violence depriving the population of basic needs and human rights. With returned stability to the region, the majority of the 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned home, resulting in an increased demand for quality health services. Although notable gains have been made in malaria and reproductive health indicators, communities in the North still face significant barriers to health care services. The unmet need for family planning in the North reaches as high as 46 percent;1 the region has the lowest prevalence of both contraceptives (11 percent) and skilled birth attendance (11 percent) in the country; and mortality rates for children under-five (177), infants (106), and neonates (33) are all higher than the national average.2 Similarly, the HIV/AIDS prevalence in adults remains at 8.2 percent, much higher than the national average of 6.4 percent. Northern Uganda has also suffered recurrent epidemics including ebola, marburg, hepatitis E, yellow fever, and currently nodding disease, which has already affected 3,000 children.

Through the USAID-funded Northern Uganda – Health Integration to Enhance Services (NU-HITES) project, Plan International is leading a team of world class experts to:

  1. Increase the communities’ use of quality health services at facility and community level, particularly by women, girls, and children; and
  2. Strengthen systems for effective and sustainable delivery of quality health services in 15 districts in Northern Uganda.

The project will invest heavily in community-owned health services and systems, creating sustainable positive momentum that will ultimately result in increased economic and political stability and the improved well-being of the populations of Northern Uganda for years to come. Implementing partners will work to improve the quality and access to health care for marginalized groups and the most vulnerable community members – such as women and girls, children, and people living with HIV and AIDS – in some of the most remote and hard-to-reach communities of Northern Uganda.

The Plan-led project team brings a wealth of expertise in essential high impact health services delivery, technical innovations, and best practices in health systems strengthening. Together with established proven approaches in community engagement and mobilization, this partnership will help to create a dynamic community-owned health system.