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Tackling Inaccess to Quality Medical Diagnostic Services in Uganda
In mid-2023, the Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) assessed the current status of testing, vaccination, and treatment of selected health conditions, namely COVID-19, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, syphilis, and cervical cancer. These disease conditions have strategic significance to the Ministry of Health planning frameworks and strategies/ models designed to achieve country targets and global commitments.
The overall objective of the assessment was to assess access to diagnostics, vaccines, and treatment (DVT) for selected health conditions, and readiness to respond to health emergencies in Uganda. The study was conducted as part of the Afrocentric Advocacy and Re-Search Approaches to Advancing Regional Vaccine Manufacturing and Access in Africa(ARMA Program) – which is being rolled out in Uganda and seven other countries in the region to improve preparedness for disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.