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VMMC has been part of Uganda’s comprehensive HIV prevention strategy since 2010.
November 25, 2019

Military personnel are amongst the highest-risk populations for contracting HIV, due to factors such as stress, mobility, sexually active age ranges, and significant time spent away from family and loved ones. In Uganda, the overall HIV prevalence is 6.2%, with the rate within the military...

October 22, 2019

As the Reading within Reach (REACH) initiative winds down, it celebrates its accomplishments in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of early grade reading interventions worldwide, providing children a foundational base to achieve a more economically stable future. The five-year...

ASSIST team readies child neurodevelopmental surveillance kits to be sent to 30 facilities in Jamaica.  Photo credit: Arishaa Khan
October 15, 2019

While the Zika virus outbreak has waned in the Caribbean and Latin America, scientists are certain the disease will return. With the transition to a more sustained response, efforts are focused on strengthening newborn and well-child care systems so they can cope with future emergencies and on...

HIV testing and education outreach with troops at an outpost. Photo credit: Lance Corporal Peter Kirya, Uganda People’s Defence Force
September 20, 2019

Uganda spearheaded a rigorous response to the HIV epidemic in the 1990s and early 2000s, making significant headway in the fight against HIV. But between 2005 and 2013 a resurgence of HIV infections occurred. The Ministry of Health and partners are now focused on addressing the key drivers of...

Damian and Ryan from Ten-Two Tattoos created the "We Fight TB" graffiti mural at the W.A. Rossouw Primary School in Montagu
September 09, 2019

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the top killers worldwide, ranking above HIV/AIDS. South Africa is one of the 14 countries with the highest burdens of tuberculosis (TB), TB / HIV, and multidrug-resistant TB.

A private medical practitioner explaining about TB care and the medication used for treating TB.  Photo by Defeat TB project.
September 09, 2019

In Uganda, as per National TB Prevalence Survey findings, urban areas have a higher burden of tuberculosis (TB) (504 per 100,000) than rural areas (370 per 100,000) and 37.3% of individuals with TB symptoms seek care from private health facilities. Given these findings, the USAID Defeat TB...

Hajira with healthy son, Nicholas. Photo credit: Louisa K. Nakitende, USAID RHITES-EC Project
August 08, 2019

To improve breastfeeding rates and overall MNCH outcomes, USAID RHITES-EC implements Family Life School (FLS) in Waibuga and Ikumbya sub-counties in Luuka District. Community health workers identify and recruit local women and men to participate in FLS and community members who have adopted the...

July 15, 2019

To learn more about the challenges of delivering health care to high-risk populations in the region, URC’s PrevenSida Project, funded by PEPFAR, recently graduated a class of 89 leaders of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who work to provide health services to key populations. The course...

July 10, 2019

HIV infection is the strongest risk factor for a person to develop tuberculosis (TB), and TB is responsible for over a quarter of all AIDS-related deaths worldwide. In Uganda in 2017, 40 percent of TB patients were co-infected with HIV. Despite 94 percent of TB/HIV co-infected patients...

Rice terraces of the Cordillera mountain range in Banaue, Philippines. © 2016 JMM Bimbo Brillo, Courtesy of Photoshare
June 27, 2019

While the Philippines has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, the country is challenged by a high burden of both communicable and non-communicable disease and an emerging substance abuse problem. URC is pleased to play a key role in working on three USAID-funded...