Working with the Ministry of Health and local district governments, JSI leads the USAID-funded Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango (USAID RHITES-N, Lango) project to strengthen the health system in the Lango sub-region to improve access and availability of quality health services for individuals and their families.
The district-led and community-focused project covers multiple technical areas, including HIV, tuberculosis, maternal, newborn and child health, family planning, malaria, nutrition, and water and sanitation. The project strengthens district and health facility human resource capacity, health systems, and supports the uptake and rollout of government tools. USAID RHITES-N, Lango also supports community structures through direct grants to private not-for-profit hospitals and local civil society organizations to increase access and use of integrated health services.
From 2018-2021, the USAID RHITES-N, Lango project managed a large HIV and TB portfolio, contributing to the achievement of the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets. In 2021, JSI transitioned the portfolio to three Ugandan organizations: Joint Clinical Research Center, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau, and Lira Regional Referral Hospital. JSI now provides technical assistance to these organizations, strengthening their abilities to plan, implement and monitor HIV and TB response interventions – sustaining and building on the gains made by JSI.
By the end of the project cycle, the RHITES-N, Lango project aims to:
Support local partners to ensure that all health facilities offer index testing services as per MOH and WHO standards; continue implementation of the national priorities, including the “Test and Start’ policy, ART distribution for all eligible clients, and more.
Reach 256,000 adolescent girls and young women with key comprehensive health services, including post gender-based violence care.
Improve on the quality of elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) services at the 65 facilities through training health workers to ensure capacity functionality of Mother Baby Care Points.
Circumcise more than 24,627 eligible males.
JSI currently leads the USAID RHITES-N, Lango consortium in partnership with Another Option, and The Medical Concierge Group.
Learn more about our work in HIV and infectious disease here.