Uganda

Since 2013, Seed Global Health (Seed) has worked in Uganda, in close collaboration with the government and our in-country partners to train health professionals in order to ensure access to high-quality care. 

The country has been at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative public health strategies, enabling it to make significant strides in improving the health of its citizens. However, critical gaps remain in meeting Uganda’s growing health needs and in ensuring the delivery of essential health services.

Our goals and priorities in Uganda are driven by our vision and critically, by the needs of the country, partner institutions, and communities we serve. Based on our expertise, previous experience in Uganda, and the government’s health priorities, Seed supports two key focus areas in the country:

1. Emergency Care

Medical emergencies are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Uganda. A strong emergency care system can  address the wide-range of common medical, surgical, and obstetric conditions that burden populations and has the potential to prevent nearly half of deaths and more than a third of disability in low- and middle- income countries, Uganda included. Lack of emergency care faculty to provide training and leadership in the country is a key challenge. Additionally, there are limited programs for training emergency care specialists. The country is yet to graduate a single locally trained emergency physician.

2. Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Maternal, newborn, and child mortality is high across the country.. Limited access to skilled health professionals before, during, and after child birth is one of the central bottlenecks to reducing maternal mortality to the SDG target of 70 per 1000 live births. Compared to the US where 99 percent of deliveries are attended by a skilled health worker, only 55 percent of the deliveries in Uganda are attended by a skilled practitioner. There is a dire need to improve the number, competence, and distribution of essential health workers.

Seed’s model is built around the basic but essential belief that long-term sustainable partnerships, rather that temporary gap-filling measures, deliver more lasting and meaningful improvements in a country’s health ecosystem. We believe in the power of people to effect and sustain changes in health education, delivery of care, and health systems. As such, we are intentionally focused on human resource for health capacity-building at the individual, institutional, and national level through sustained collaborative engagement with our partners

We currently work with the partners below to build out complete and strong health workforce teams that can provide their patients with high-quality care and improve health outcomes across Uganda.

Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences, Mbale College of Health Sciences, and Mbale Regional Referral Hospital

Seed works with Busitema University in collaboration with Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and Mbale College of Health Sciences to:

  • Strengthen faculty and student capacity to deliver quality emergency care for maternal, neonatal, and child health conditions 
  • Build health professionals’ skills to advocate for improved emergency care across the country

Lira University 

Seed is supporting Lira to launch a Master of Science in Midwifery program that will be the first in the northern region. The goal is to:

  • Train the next generation of advanced practice nurses to deliver quality emergency obstetric and newborn care, and consequently, reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in the region

Makerere University College of Health Sciences

Seed contributes to Makerere’s vision to be a leader in providing emergency medical care, research, education, and innovation in Africa by supporting the creation of a Center for Emergency Care that will:

  • Provide sustainable high-quality integrated emergency care education, clinical mentorship, and simulation training
  • Build leadership capacity for health professionals throughout the emergency care system

Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital 

Seed partners with Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) and its clinical training site, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) to:

  • Improve emergency care by training MUST Master of Medicine in Emergency Medicine students and MRRH staff
  • Strengthen both institutions role in emergency care education, practice, and policy

Muni University and Arua Regional Referral Hospital

Seed works with Muni University and its clinical training site, Arua Regional Referral Hospital, to:

  • Equip nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver quality maternal, neonatal, and child health services and emergency care
  • Ensure graduates are integrated community-based practitioners who can contribute to improved outcomes in the West Nile Region

Uganda updates