BY JOHNISANI OCAKACON
KAMPALA: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2021
The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have cemented a partnership to improve urban health services in the Ugandan Capital.
On Thursday, the Ambassador Natalie Brown, the US envoy to Uganda visited the KCCA head headquarters to launch the sh6b (USD$1.6m) grant project covering the first year.
Ambassador Brown explained that the project will focus on improving access to HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis services and other specific health challenges faced by the urban poor like recurrent cholera and typhoid outbreaks.
She noted that almost 20% of people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda reside in the Kampala metropolitan area and there is a need to improve their health conditions.
“This project will also strengthen the capacity of the KCCA health team to plan, monitor, and prevent urban health issues. Since 2010, CDC has been supporting KCCA through the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) to implement comprehensive HIV/AIDS and TB services in six high-volume public health facilities as well as supporting services in private not-for-profit and for-profit facilities and centers of excellence,” she added.
The grant will also support the KCCA health team to provide leadership and oversight of the health sector at both public and private health facilities.
On the Covid-19 vaccination drive, Ambassador Brown expressed delight that many people in Kampala were embracing the Pfizer vaccines donated by the United States.
“I am pleased to see that the more than 1.6 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses donated by the United States are being used at 58 vaccination sites throughout Kampala as part of our comprehensive efforts to combat Covid-19 and save Ugandan lives,” she said.
The envoy thanked the front-line health workers administering the jab and community mobilizers who have been providing accurate information about Covid-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness.
In September, the United States delivered a total of 2,321,350 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Uganda which is being rolled out at 58 outreach sites in Kampala, Mukono, and Wakiso.