Uganda: investments in the healthcare system

Uganda: investments in the healthcare system

€10 million from the Revolving Cooperation Fund managed by CDP for 35 healthcare centres

Uganda is ranked 161st out of 179 countries on the Human Development Index. The situation is even more alarming in the Karamoja region, where more than 74% of the population live below the poverty line and maternal and infant mortality rates are extremely high. This is a semi-desert area with poor health service coverage.

To guarantee the right to health to inhabitants in the region, the Ugandan government has been given a €10 million aid financing package through the Revolving Fund for Development Cooperation (FRCS).

The FRCS is one of the main instruments used by the Italian government, in particular the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to finance bilateral cooperation projects and programmes in developing countries. The Fund has been managed by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti on behalf of the Ministry for the Economy and Finance since 2016.

The funds provided to Uganda will be used to:

  • build 6 new healthcare centres and expand or update 29 existing centres
  • equip healthcare facilities with a water supply system and a photovoltaic system
  • provide new medical equipment
  • build 75 housing units for medical staff.

The initiative also includes a public health awareness and prevention campaign. To support the campaign, all healthcare districts will be provided with a 4x4 vehicle, two motorbikes and a portable sound system with solar batteries, to ensure word reaches even the most remote of areas