US Government Donates Equipment to Uganda’s Ministry of Health

{Photo credit: Sarah Lagot}H.E. Deborah Malac, US Ambassador to Uganda, delivers motorbikes to Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, to support the implementation of the USAID/Uganda Health Supply Chain program’s Supervision Performance Assessment Recognition Strategy.Photo credit: Sarah Lagot

On November 29, 2017, the US Government donated motorcycles and laptop computers to Uganda’s Ministry of Health as part of its ongoing effort to strengthen the health commodity supply chain system and improve the health of Ugandans. The donation was made possible by the generous support of the American people through USAID’s Uganda Health Supply Chain (UHSC) program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health. 

H.E. Deborah Malac, the US Ambassador to Uganda, delivered the equipment to Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng at a ceremony at the Uganda National Health Laboratories/Central Public Health Laboratories.

In her remarks, Malac said, "Over the years, the US government has been a key partner in supporting the modernization of the health commodities supply chain in Uganda. Since 2009, we have made several major investments in the supply chain system at both the national and subnational levels. All of this assistance is aimed at ensuring that the people of Uganda get the drugs and laboratory supplies they need in a fast and efficient manner."

Aceng extended her gratitude to the American people and said the equipment will support the implementation of the Medicines and Laboratory Supervision Performance Assessment and Rewards Strategy (SPARS). “The motorcycles and computers will enable supervisors to reach health facilities and submit performance data for decision making directly to the Ministry of Health,” said Aceng. She then handed over the equipment to the Uganda National Health Laboratories, chief administrative officers, and district health officers.

A total of 156 motorcycles and 97 computers were provided to support the implementation of SPARS, a key tenet of health systems strengthening. SPARS is a quality improvement approach that combines a number of interventions with regular performance assessments to improve logistics management. The motorcycles and computers will enable supervisors to reach facilities and submit performance data for decision making directly to the Ministry of Health.

SPARS is a multipronged approach that combines a number of interventions, including educational (on-the-job mentoring and coaching), managerial (provision of guidelines and standard operating procedures), regulatory, and performance incentives, with regular performance assessments targeted at improving logistics management. The equipment will enable districts to continue SPARS implementation after the UHSC program closes in September 2019.