Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Your Excellence, we hope your Government will utilise US$ 130m to boost welfare of Ugandans
President Museveni, the health Sub - sector is pathetic. Kindly ensure that the value for money is seen this time.
The NRM Government is challenged. Alot of money has been got in the past where the Ugandans have not got value for money. Given how pathetic the Health sub - sector is, Government has to ensure that Ugandans who have to pay backthe US$130m get the service delivery expected. This money is not for politicking and stealing by those who can access it. It is sad to learn of one case of a woman who went to KCC Clinic to deliver and she failed to get service given her condition after being referred to Mulago Referral Hospital, this woman was taken to a Midwife/Nursing Sister who was short of words and only prayed to God that Health staff can be more sympathetic to the poor people they serve otherwise it is sad. The Government has the challenge to improve the health service delivery which is very pathetic. The cost of living is high but the health service providers get peanuts which impacts on service delivery hence getting poor output.
Uganda's Health Sector Gets US$130 Million Boost from World Bank
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$130 Million International Development Association (IDA) credit to strengthen Uganda's public health systems through improved human resources; provision of physical infrastructure; and greater accountability for service delivery.
The Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Project (UHSSP) will support the Government to renovate hospitals, improve management of health workers, strengthen leadership in the sector and provide reproductive health care including family planning services.
Uganda’s health sector gets $130m boost from The World Bank
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2010 -- The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$130 million International Development Association (IDA) credit* to strengthen Uganda’s public health systems through improved human resources; provision of physical infrastructure; and greater accountability for service delivery.
The Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Project (UHSSP) will support the Government to renovate hospitals, improve management of health workers, strengthen leadership in the sector and provide reproductive healthcare, including family planning services.
“This project addresses some of the major bottlenecks impacting the provision of efficient health services to the Ugandan people. We hope that through this project the Bank will contribute towards improving service delivery at the frontline, and support the Government in making providers accountable for services delivered to clients,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, World Bank Uganda Country Manager.
Uganda has registered improvements in health outcomes, though at a much slower pace than other countries in the region. The Maternal Mortality Rate is estimated at 435 deaths per 100,000 live births, while the Infant Mortality Rate is estimated at 76 deaths per 1,000 live births; while stunting in children under five is estimated at 32 percent. Without significant investments, Uganda is unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal targets related to reducing child mortality and improving maternal mortality.
“Maternal and child mortality remain high in Uganda, yet many of the causes are avoidable. The project will therefore also help to strengthen and improve Uganda’s delivery of maternal and child health services,” said Dr. Peter Okwero, the Project’s Task Team Leader.
The World Bank has provided close to US$6.5 billion in loans and grants to Uganda since 1963, and has already committed US$1.2 billion to finance various programs and projects between 2009 and 2011. The Bank’s current portfolio in Uganda consists of 17 projects with a commitment of US$1.43 billion. ###
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*The credit is provided on standard International Development Association (IDA) terms, with a commitment fee of 0.5 percent, a service charge of 0.75 percent over a 40 year period of maturity which includes a 10-year grace period.