The Countdown to 2030 country collaboration in Uganda includes Makerere University, the Uganda Ministry of Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Institute for Global Health at the University of Manitoba. It aims to strengthen the analysis and synthesis of health data to inform national and local reviews of progress and performance in the context of the national health plans and Global Financing Facility (GFF) investment case for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition.

Children in Uganda go off to fetch water. this may mean walking for many kilometers.

Monitoring the national plan and investment case for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health

The Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Sharpened Plan for Uganda (2016/17-2019/20) encapsulated the GFF Investment Case for Uganda. The Sharpened Plan I focuses on addressing major health system bottlenecks to scale up high impact interventions at all levels of the health system. The plan focused on five strategic shifts and emphasized evidence-based high impact solutions, increasing access for high burden populations and geographical focusing/sequencing.  In 2021, the Countdown collaboration published an endline review of the Sharpened Plan.

Uganda is now implementing the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Healthy Aging Sharpened Plan II  (2022/23-2027/28). The Countdown collaboration will also support the monitoring of progress toward this plan.

Outputs, Products, Programs

The Uganda country collaboration will:

  • Prepare an endline review report of the GFF investment case for the Ministry of Health and development partners by December 2020. It will include an assessment of progress in the indicators of the investment case, as well as identify gaps in the implementation and data. The analysis and synthesis will include all relevant data sources, will be conducted in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and may involve further data collection and analyses on priority topics if additional funding becomes available.
  • Support the annual health performance reviews with in-depth analyses of priority topics in 2020, 2021, and 2022. The Ministry of Health conducts annual reviews which are discussed in national and district meetings in October-November. The work will include the inputs for district-level health statistical profiles.
  • Complete at least three analytical papers and reports on critical topics, at least two of which can be submitted to peer-reviewed journals. The critical topics will be generated by the overall analytical work and consultation with the health ministry, GFF, development partners and Countdown partners. These topics may include district-level analysis of facility and other data, assessment of the performance of specific initiatives such as results based funding, quality of care such as linking facility and household surveys, adolescent health, maternal and perinatal mortality in hospitals, equity and others.
  • Organize at least one analysis workshop for academics, government officials, civil society to share and discuss methods and findings. While the national reviews are the main outlet for the products, these workshops will focus on engaging technical staff to discuss the data gaps, analysis methods and results. If desirable, there can be a training component.
  • Prepare communication materials in relation to the analysis results as relevant, including statistical profiles, policy briefs, presentations, media briefs and others.

Uganda Countdown Collaboration Team

Jimmy Ogwal
Peter Waiswa
Rornald Kananura Muhuzuma
Emily Keats
Zulfiqar Bhutta
Frederica Margini
Ties Boerma