Gov’t acquires 165m USD loan to improve reproductive, child health

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By Ronald Kabuye
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has cautioned the district officers to desist from the habits of poorly handling government health projects which makes the projects expensive yet poorly implemented.
The minister sounded a warning at the National Stakeholders’ meeting to orient them at National, Regional and District levels about the Results Based Financing Approach, a new project to run for five years costing over 165 million dollars acquired from World Bank, global financing and Sida loans.
The main focus of the loan and project is to improve utilization of essential health services with focus on reproductive maternal, new born, child and adolescent health.
The project will be rolled out in 78 districts with the first phase taking 25 districts.
Dr. Aceng said that the 165 million dollars to run the project is to be paid back by Ugandans now and in the future thus an appeal to the responsible persons not to play around with the money whose primary aim is to help child bearing mother, adolescents and children below the age of five years.
She further emphasized the need to improve Uganda’s reproductive maternal and child health since it accounts for 60% of the annual death.
Some of the components of the results based financing project include scaling up of birth and death registration services, strengthening health systems to deliver, improve the availability and management of the work force, functionality of medical equipment, health infrastructure of primary health care health facilities, quality care and supervision.
Others include strengthening capacity to scale up delivery of birth and death registration and establishing birth and death outreach services in 63 districts.

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