East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community
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Uganda

Uganda in the ECSA Health Community
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Uganda was among the founding members of ECSA HC in 1974. The republic of Uganda has hosted ECSA Health Ministers conference twice in 1987 and 2002. Uganda has also held the chair of the advisory committee in 1975, 1986 and 1997.
Like all other founding members, the ministry of Health has consistently supported the activities and programmes of the ECSA Health community over the last three decades. Uganda’s financial contribution to the ECSA Health Community has ensured that the secretariat functions continue to be executed in a timely manner in line with the resolutions of the Ministers of health.
All subsequent ministers of Health in Uganda since 1974 have ensured that the country continues to share its experiences and challenges in implementation of various health programmes during ECSA forums such as the Directors expert committee, programme expert committees, the forums for best practice in health care and the annual ECSA Health Ministers Conference. Senior Ministry officials led by permanent secretaries have held various leadership roles in ECSA’s expert committees and played their part in ensuring the organization remains relevant, focused and responsive to the needs for the member countries.

1.0 Overview of key indicators
a. Socio-economic and Demographic
Indicator
Value
Source
GDP growth rate.
7%
UBOS Statistical Abstract 2009
Population dependency ratio (under 15 and over 65 years)
   
Life expectancy at birth (all gender)
48.8 (M)   52.0 (F)
UBOS Statistical Abstract 2009
Population growth rate
3.2%
UBOS Statistical Abstract 2009
 
b. Maternal and Child Health & Family and Reproductive Health
Indicator
Value
Source
Infant mortality rate per 1000 live births
75
UDHS 2006
Maternal mortality rate per 100 000 live births
435
UDHS 2006
Under five mortality rate per 1000 live births
137
UDHS 2006
Births attended by skilled health personnel
34%
Annual Health Sector Performance Report 2008/09
Contraceptive prevalence
22.4%
UDHS 2006
Full immunization coverage amongst 1 year olds
46%
Annual Health Sector Performance Report 2008/09
ANC coverage (%) at least one visit
89%
Ministry of Health Statistical Abstract, 2008/09
Unmet need for Family Planning
41%
Draft HSSP III, 2010
Total fertility rate
6.7
UDHS 2006
 
c. HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria 
Indicator
Value
Source
Adult (15-49) HIV prevalence
6.2%
Annual Health Sector Performance Report 2008/09
Condom use at last high-risk sex
55%
UNCEF Survey 2008
PMTCT coverage
80%
MOH-HMIS 2010
Tuberculosis prevalence per 100 000 population
136
WHO Global TB Report 2009
Tuberculosis treatment success under DOTS
75.1%
Annual Health Sector Performance Report 2008/09
% of pregnant women sleeping under an ITN
43.7%
UMIS 2009
 
d. Health Systems
Indicator
Value
Source
General government expenditure on health as % of GDP
   
Out of pocket expenditure as a % of private expenditure on health
   
No. of doctors per 10 000 population
0.5
UNDP-Uganda Facts and Figures,2003
No. of nurses per 10 000 population
3
Ministry of Finance, (2000)
No. of health workers per 10 000 population
   
Client Satisfaction Rate
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