MOH Permanent Secretary visits URHVP
The Uganda Reproductive Health Voucher Project (URHVP) recently conducted a field visit with a high powered delegation led by the new MoH Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwiine. It was a great platform to discuss how best results based financing can be operationalized to get out puts out of both public and private players in Uganda’s health sector. The team visited a number of centres in the East that are supported by the URHVP program.
The Uganda Reproductive Health Voucher Project (URHVP) is a Ministry of Health program being implemented in partnership with Marie Stopes Uganda (MSU) with support from the World Bank. The overarching goal of the URHVP is to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity through increased access to skilled care (Voucher Based Services) during pregnancy, delivery and postnatal period.
Uganda has high maternal mortality ratio of 438/100,000 live births, 435/100,000 live births in 2006 and 524/100,000 live births in 2000. A perinatal mortality rate of 27/1000 pregnancies in 2011, 46/1000 pregnancies in 2006 and 55/1000 pregnancies in 2000.
This four years project is currently being implemented in the South- Western and Eastern districts of Uganda in Mbarara, Kabale, Kanungu, Ntungamo Kiruhura, Sheema, Buhweju, Mitooma, Ibanda, Isingiro, Bushenyi ,Rubirizi, Rakai, Sembabule, Masaka, Jinja, Kamuli, Buyende, Kaliro, Luuka, Mayuge, Iganga, Namutumba, Kibuku, Tororo, and Namayingo.