JSI has worked in Uganda for more than thirty years, building the capacity of the public, private, and NGO sectors and managing public health programs focusing on strengthening Uganda’s health system.
JSI currently implements the USAID-supported Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango (RHITES-N, Lango) project in Northern Uganda, which is strengthening the health system in the Lango sub-region to improve access and availability of high-quality health services for individuals and their families. The project provides integrated health services including HIV, tuberculosis, maternal, newborn and child health, family planning, malaria, nutrition, and water and sanitation. Between October 2020 and September 2021, the project surpassed its goal to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets: 182 percent of eligible individuals were tested; of those who tested positive, 102 percent were started on treatment, and 91 percent of individuals on treatment are virally suppressed.
JSI leads the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Uganda Malaria Reduction Activity (PUMRA), funded through USAID.PUMRA will improve the survival and well-being of Uganda’s most vulnerable pregnant women and children (0-15) in selected regions. As the U.S. Government’s flagship malaria activity in the country, PUMRA will strengthen community and household capacity to prevent malaria and to access high-quality malaria services, while maintaining gains made at the health facility level.
Our USAID Advancing Nutrition program supports the government to strengthen compliance with food fortification standards. We work with partners from the government, including the multi-sectoral National Food Fortification Working Group, and civil society to strengthen the capacity of the public sector to enforce food fortification standards, improve stakeholder coordination around food fortification, and promote increased consumption of fortified food by advocating and raising awareness among policy makers and processors.
To mitigate threats posed by emerging zoonotic diseases, JSI implements the USAID-funded Strategies to Prevent Spillover (STOP Spillover) initiative, which engages global experts on emerging infectious diseases and health information systems to identify and stop potential “spillover” of zoonotic diseases to humans. In Uganda, we’re helping the government gain critical knowledge about their spillover ecosystems, and to refine and use that knowledge to reduce the risk of zoonotic viral spillover and spread.
Within the last five years, JSI also implemented the SPRING global nutrition program, the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), and the Stronger Systems for Routine Immunization (SS4RI) project in Uganda.