Enhancing Health Systems & Services in a Post-Conflict Setting: Stories from the Northern Uganda Malaria, AIDS & Tuberculosis Programme (NUMAT)

Download this publicationUganda's violent, 20-year civil conflict made refugees of 1.8 million people, who fled to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps for safe-haven. Although long-term displacement in IDP camps caused social deterioration and an increased transmission of HIV and other infectious diseases, the camps were able to provide some semblance of routine health care and distribute reliable antiretroviral treatments and other commodities to individuals and families living there.

In 2007, the Government of Uganda and the insurgent Lord's Resistance Army signed a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, marking a long-awaited transition into peace and rebuilding. However, with peace came the dissolution of IDP camps and the diaspora of those 1.8 million people (many of whom were financially and physically damaged by the conflict and their long sequestration in the camps) who would leave behind their only reliable resource for health care and life-saving medications.

Recognizing the vulnerability of this population, USAID enlisted JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. to implement the Northern Uganda Malaria AIDS and Tuberculosis (NUMAT) program--a comprehensive initiative to improve and expand access to AIDS, TB and malaria services in northern Uganda's most affected districts.

In the five years of its implementation, the NUMAT project has made great strides in improving health outcomes and quality of life for thousands of people in northern Uganda. This booklet features a selection of stories and photos which illustrate some of the successful program activities designed and carried out by NUMAT and its implementing partners. NUMAT/JSI, 2012

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