USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in East Central Uganda Activity (RHITES-EC)


USAID RHITES-EC is supporting Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve regional health outcomes by increasing the utilization of high-quality health care services within 11 districts in East Central Uganda. The five-year project (2016-2021) focusing on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), reproductive health, family planning, nutrition, and water and sanitation, aims to:

  • Increase demand, access, and availability of health services
  • Improve the quality of services
  • Increase the availability of resources for public sector health services
  • Strengthen management, information and health service delivery systems
  • Increase the adoption of healthy behaviors and practices within households and communities

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners share the vision that improved quality and increased utilization of services in the East Central region is achievable by 2021 through an integrated service delivery approach that prioritizes gender and youth-friendly services, local capacity development for sustainability, learning and adaptation, and improved district stewardship.

Some of the key strategies to achieve improved, sustainable health outcomes include:

  • Quality services at all levels of care, progressively and appropriately integrated at facility and community levels
  • Targeted service delivery mechanisms to reach marginalized vulnerable and under-served populations
  • Effective linkages and referrals at all levels
  • Quality Improvement methods and approaches institutionalized at district, sub-district, and facility levels
  • Improved/expanded diagnostic capabilities of laboratories
  • Improved healthcare infrastructure and equipment
  • Engaged national, district, and community leadership
  • Improved transparency and accountability in managing decentralized service delivery


2016 to 2021
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO)
Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU)
Youth Alive
Children’s AIDS Fund Uganda (CAFU)
Jinja Regional Referral Hospital
St. Benedict Health Centre III
AIDS Orphans Education Trust Health Centre (AOET)
St. Francis Hospital, Buluba
Iganga Islamic Medical Center (IIMC)
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
11 Districts in the East Central region, including: Bugiri, Busia, Buyende, Iganga, Jinja, Kaliro, Kamuli, Luuka, Namayingo, Namutumba, Mayuge