USAID Uganda Private Health Support (PHS) Program

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Cardno is arming private health facilities with the skills and funding access to give Ugandan communities, including orphans and vulnerable children, better access to good quality and affordable health services.

Cardno is strengthening the ability of Uganda’s private sector, which provides approximately 50 per cent of health services, to deliver on the nation’s health goals.  

The flagship PHS seeks to provide a viable, cost-effective private sector option for health services. It is expanding the availability of private health services through clinical and financial management training, access to finance mechanisms and service delivery grants.  

Cardno is focusing on the clinical and business strengthening of private healthcare providers. We’re brokering PPPs with local companies and implementing market-based interventions to improve the affordability of private health services. Our team is strengthening policy implementation, regulatory oversight, and accreditation programs to improve the quality of private health sector facilities. We’re also ensuring continuity of HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) services through grants management and targeted technical assistance. 

On completion, the PHS will have strengthened approximately 150 private-for-profit providers, 19 private-not-for-profit facilities, and 37 faith-based community organizations in more than 40 districts.  

The program has already delivered excellent community-level outcomes as follows:  

  • 315,000 individuals have received HIV testing and counseling services, with 12,000 found to be HIV-positive and linked to services 
  • 33,000 patients have received antiretroviral therapy at both private-for-profit and private-not-for-profit sites 
  • nearly 1,000,000 condoms have been distributed through 56 targeted condom outlets  
  • 6,300 HIV-positive clients have been enrolled in clinical care for the first time 
  • nearly 46,000 pregnant women have received their HIV results during antenatal care at Program-supported facilities, with almost 3,700 HIV-positive women receiving ART to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV 
  • $4.3 million in grants has been awarded to private sector providers and organizations