CDC in Uganda

map of Uganda

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in Uganda in 1991. CDC Uganda works with the government of Uganda (GOU) and other partners to advance science-based public health initiatives to help the country confront its unique health issues and to improve the health of its citizens. With a focus on the prevention, control, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, CDC Uganda supports TB and malaria programs, maternal and child health services, and vaccination programs. Additionally, CDC works to advance global health security by improving Uganda’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to public health threats.

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Staff in Country


CDC office (physical presence)
17 U.S. Assignees

112 Locally Employed Staff

Country stats at a glance

Uganda at a Glance

Population: 42,800,000
Per capita income: $1,820
Life expectancy at birth: W 64/M 62
Infant mortality rate: 43/1,000 live births

Population Reference Bureau 2017: Uganda

Top Ten Causes of Death in country

Top 10 Causes of Death

  • Diarrheal diseases
  • Neonatal disorders
  • NTDs and malaria
  • Other noncommunicable diseases
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Neoplasms
  • Unintentional injuries
  • Mental disorders

What CDC Is Doing

  • 516,200 men, women and children received life-saving antiretroviral treatment in 2016.
  • 1,205,306 voluntary medical male circumcisions performed in 2016.
  • More than 20 outbreak responses, including yellow fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Rift Valley fever, Marburg, H5N8, typhoid, cholera, and malaria, activated and coordinated by the Uganda Public Health Emergency Operations Center.
  • Supported construction of the Uganda National Health Laboratory Services. This has improved coordination of laboratory services through the effective national sample transport network and supported access to quality laboratory services.
  • Maintained polio-free status and strengthened the EPI system to prevent, detect, and respond appropriately 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 individual VHF outbreaks in Uganda and one VHF outbreak from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Workers in a Uganda lab

CDC is committed to working with Uganda to stop the HIV epidemic and to mitigate the impact of AIDS. Driven by up-to-date data on disease burden and prevalence, CDC works with Uganda’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and other partners to support Uganda in achieving UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 goals by 2020. This means 90% of all Ugandans living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of all Ugandans diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 90% of all Ugandans receiving ART receive viral load monitoring.

CDC also supports TB diagnosis through systemic screening of clients attending HIV clinics. With an emphasis on linkage to HIV care and ART for TB/HIV coinfected clients, CDC has integrated these services into existing programs along with preventive TB therapy. In 2016, CDC supported provision of ART to 7,366 out of 8,368 TB/HIV co-infected clients.

CDC jointly manages the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) activities in Uganda by supporting the MOH and other partners in developing proven policies and programs that reduce the burden of malaria. CDC provides technical support to strengthen facility-based malaria diagnostics, case management, preventing malaria in pregnancy, and malaria surveillance. CDC further supports the National Malaria Control Program in operational research, monitoring insecticide and antimalarial resistance, and strengthening vector-control strategies.

CDC’s global health security efforts include working with our partner countries to help build the core public health capacities that are needed to identify and contain outbreaks before they become epidemics that could affect global populations. Uganda was an early adopter and champion of the Global Health Security Agenda. In partnership with the MOH, the Uganda Virus Research Institute and other U.S. government agencies, CDC is supporting Uganda in meeting WHO’s International Health Regulations and in strengthening the country’s preparedness to respond to emerging and reemerging pandemic threats.

Photo of Ugandans giving blood

Strengthening public health workforces is critical to achieving targets for comprehensive and sustainable healthcare service delivery. CDC supported scaling up of HIV/AIDS services in government and nonprofit facilities, and procuring and strengthening the supply chain to improve access to HIV/AIDS medicines and related commodities across the country through private, not-for-profit facilities. In addition, CDC has supported Uganda’s Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission and pediatric HIV programs and played a major role in the U.S. government’s “Saving Mothers, Giving Life” pilot project, a project focused on scaling up high-impact interventions to reduce Uganda’s maternal mortality rate.

Photo of an Ebola alert desk

CDC works with partner organizations to establish surveillance and lab capacity for public health threats such as plague, yellow fever, and highly pathogenic zoonotic viruses like Ebola and Rift Valley fever virus. CDC has sentinel surveillance sites in health care facilities throughout the world, including Uganda, that have dramatically improved capacity to detect and quickly respond to highly pathogenic viruses, reducing case counts, and saving lives. Today, there are over 20 sentinel surveillance sites in healthcare facilities throughout Uganda. In addition to monitoring for infectious diseases, activities include researching Nodding Syndrome and integrating TB Services into maternal and child health clinics.

Page last reviewed: July 12, 2018
Content source: Global Health