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James Oketch takes care of two of his sons. Photo credit: Jennifer Bakyawa. USAID RHITES-N, Acholi
May 24, 2021

The USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Northern Uganda (RHITES-N, Acholi) Activity team worked closely with colleagues at the district management, health facility, and community levels to develop a comprehensive set of interventions to address barriers to IUD uptake.

A barangay health worker provides TB medication to a client in Baler after Typhoon Ulysses in November 2020. Photo credit: Errol Ernest Dytianquin,  Department of Health, Central Luzon Center for Health Development, Pampanga, Philippines
May 19, 2021

Climate-related events – such as extreme weather, heatwaves, floods, and droughts – affect human health and well-being both directly and indirectly. Typhoons, for example, flood homes and wash out roads. But even after these storms pass, health care service delivery often continues to be...

A team in Laos using a portable PCR for rapid testing of poultry for detection of novel bird flus. Photo by: Dennis Carroll
May 17, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare our collective weaknesses to effectively respond to the emergence of a highly contagious and lethal microbial threat. Despite extraordinary advances in science and global health during the past century, we still live in a world wherein a deadly...

A patient receives antiretroviral drugs and a TB preventive therapy refill at a routine clinic visit in East Central Uganda, the result of successful supply chain management. Photo credit: USAID RHITES-EC
May 13, 2021

Ensuring reliable and affordable procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in low- and middle-income countries is a critical element of providing quality health care services.

May 06, 2021

The USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in East Central Uganda (RHITES-EC) Activity prioritized Bugweri as a “learning district” to intensively implement interventions to improve immunization coverage using the Reaching Every District/Reaching Every Community/Reaching Every...

USAID Administrator Samantha Power. Photo credit: US Department of State
April 29, 2021

On Wednesday, April 28, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Samantha Power to be the 19th administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Power is the third woman to serve as administrator since the agency was created in 1961.

Every health facility in Buyende district has a mobile phone which is used to enter the data for weekly malaria surveillance.
April 16, 2021

Fredrick Isabirye, M.D., an experienced doctor, and district health officer for Buyende District in East Central Uganda – was concerned about a surge in malaria cases reported at health facilities in his district. Even with targeted interventions to control malaria in the district, cases...

A pregnant woman receives Fansidar for malaria prevention from a health worker during her routine ANC visit at Bugembe Health Centre IV, Uganda
April 16, 2021

Barbara, age 26 and seven months pregnant, had a high temperature, lower abdominal pain, general body weakness, a headache, and was vomiting. She was also bleeding. Barbara had tried to treat these symptoms for a week by taking herbs. When she did not improve, she went to Lubira Health Centre (...

Galdinous Okwonga, a Nursing Officer at Atiak HC IV, shows Amal’s family and neighborhood children how to use and maintain a long-lasting insecticide treated net.
April 15, 2021

Amal’s family is one of more than 500 vulnerable to malaria that the USAID Regional Integration to Enhance Health-North Acholi (RHITES-N, Acholi) Activity is supporting in Amuru District through the Mother Care Group (MCG) model approach. This model uses home visits and group sessions to promote...

A nurse trains and observes a young woman administering Sayana® Press at Nambale Health Center III, Iganga District, Uganda. Photo credit: USAID RHITES-EC Activity
April 08, 2021

Village health teams (VHTs) serve as the first point of contact between the population and the health system. VHTs were established by the Uganda Ministry of Health to empower communities to take part in the decisions that affect their health, mobilize communities for health programs, and...