CDC in Uganda

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began working in Uganda in 1991, officially establishing a country office in 2000. With a focus on the prevention, control, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, CDC works with the Ministry of Health and other partners to deliver evidence-based, quality health services. CDC also supports tuberculosis and malaria control efforts and maternal and child health services while advancing global health security by improving Uganda’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats.

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What CDC is Doing in Uganda

CDC Impact in Uganda

More than 608,000 men, women and children received life-saving antiretroviral treatment in 2018.

Over 340,000 voluntary medical male circumcisions performed in 2018.

Supported the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment survey to measure reach and impact of Uganda’s HIV services. Results are being used to re-focus programs for epidemic control.

More than 35 outbreak responses coordinated by the Public Health Emergency Operations Center, with reduced response times from a high of 30 days to less than 48 hours.

Field Epidemiology Training Program Fellows have investigated 91 outbreaks, conducted 12 emergency assessments and 52 public health surveillance projects, and implemented 59 applied epidemiology studies since 2015.

Maintained polio-free status and strengthened the EPI system to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Established a national biosafety level 3 reference laboratory for viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs), which helped detect and confirm 12 VHF outbreaks in Uganda and one VHF outbreak from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

CDC Staff in Uganda
  • 17 U.S. Assignees
  • 110 Locally Employed
Uganda at a Glance
  • Population: 42,862,958 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $1,820
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 64/M 62 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 43/1,000 live births

Sources: World Bank 2018, Uganda
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Uganda

Uganda Top 10 Causes of Death
  1. Neonatal disorders
  3. Malaria
  4. Lower respiratory infections
  5. Tuberculosis
  6. Diarrheal diseases
  7. lschemic heart disease
  8. Congenital defects
  9. Stroke
  10. Road injuries

Source: GBD Compare 2018, Uganda

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Page last reviewed: February 12, 2021
Content source: Global Health