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Health Sector Profile

The key players in the provision of health services   include government, private sector , not for profit organisations, private health practitioners, traditional and complementary medical practitioners and the informal sector.

Characteristics of the sector

  • Uganda has scored a lot of success in the fight against HIV/AIDS
  • The population’s ability to purchase medicines and health supplies has generally improved over the recent past.
  • In Uganda, medicines are supplied through both the public and the private sectors
  • The health status indices of Uganda are still very low
  • Effective management of the healthcare sector is still lacking resulting in the misuse of the resources allocated to the sector by government.
  • Uganda’s doctor-to-patient ratio is low
  • The sector is suffering from inadequate funding for the development of the infrastructure

Health infrastructure in Uganda

  • A network of properly functioning health facilities is not yet attained.
  • The government hospital lack capacity to maintain the medical equipment.

Geographical access to health services

  • The national average for the percentage of people living within 5 kilometres radius to a health facility is estimated to be 57%
  • There are variations with access ranging from as low as 7% of the population within 5 kilometres of a health facility in Kotido to 100% in Jinja, Tororo and Kampala districts.
  • Rural communities are particularly affected mainly because health facilities are mostly located in towns along main roads.
  • Private health facilities to date are mainly more concentrated in urban centres than in the rural locales.


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