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April 27, 2018

Signing of Grant Agreement with Uganda: Infrastructure and equipment for regional referral hospitals in Northern Uganda affected by internal conflict and incoming refugees to contribute to improvements in health service access and quality

photosigning ceremony

On April 26, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uganda in Kampala to provide grant aid of up to 2.86 billion yen for the Project for the Improvement of Regional Referral Hospitals in Northern Uganda.

The project aims to strengthen hospital functionality by providing facilities and equipment to three regional referral hospitals (RRHs), namely Gulu RRH, Lira RRH and Arua RRH in Northern Uganda, and improve the quality and access to health services in the area.

Northern Uganda has been impacted more than any other region in Uganda by internal conflict that lasted more than two decades beginning in the 1980s, and also has more internally displaced persons than any other region. The RRHs located in the project target regions were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s; thus, the facilities have aged significantly and medical equipment required for diagnosis and treatment is lacking. In addition, the rapid increase of the local population as well as the large influx of refugees from neighboring countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has resulted in an increase in the number of patients, pushing the hospitals’ capacities to their limits. As a consequence, patients face problems such as longer wait times and treatment delays.

It is expected that the project will, within three years of completion, allow 42,000 more outpatients, 1,700 more births and 2,500 more emergency patients to be handled at the three hospitals combined.

In addition to this project, JICA has been implementing the Project on Improvement of Health Service through Health Infrastructure Management (II) (technical cooperation) since 2016. The project aims to strengthen hospital in-house management, the training of medical equipment user trainers and the maintenance and management system for medical equipment at all 14 RRHs, including the three target hospitals mentioned above. In the previous years, JICA has also supported infrastructure development at seven RRHs through grant aid. Through such cooperation, JICA will continue to provide comprehensive support for quality improvements in health services in Uganda.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Uganda
Project title The Project for the Improvement of Regional Referral Hospitals in Northern Uganda
Planned implementation period 60 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Ministry of Health
Target region, facilities Gulu RRH in Acholi Sub-Region, Lira RRH in Lango Sub-Region, Arua RRH in West Nile Sub-Region
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements, equipment procurement
Facility construction:
Gulu RRH: Theatre/Casualty/Maternity Ward (approximately 2,500 square meters)
Lira RRH: Outpatient Department and Casualty Block (approximately 2,000 square meters), Delivery Suite (approximately 300 square meters)
Arua RRH: Outpatient Department and Casualty Block (approximately 1,800 square meters)
Equipment:
Outpatient procedure and diagnosis equipment, emergency treatment equipment, other
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision
(As guidance in managing the facilities) improvements in equipment operation and clinical techniques, maintenance and management for medical equipment, guidance in the operation of computer X-ray imaging systems

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