Health System Performance Assessment for IMAM/NACS in Uganda: Considerations for Delivery of Nutrition Services

Cover of Uganda Health System publicationThe Uganda Nutrition Action Plan 2011-2016 lays out a multisectoral framework intended to scale-up interventions to improve nutrition in Uganda. To provide the nutrition-specific services outlined in the plan, a strong health system is needed. In 2013, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with nutrition stakeholders in Uganda and FANTA, carried out a health system performance assessment to better understand the current state of the Uganda health system as it relates to nutrition programming.

The assessment focused on two sets of nutrition services: (1) integrated management of acute malnutrition (IMAM) and (2) nutrition assessment, counselling, and support (NACS), and covered eight districts across four regions and Kampala. From the assessment, recommendations were developed that can benefit and strengthen the health system and nutrition services more broadly. The recommendations are organized around the six building blocks along which a health system is organized (as identified by the World Health Organization): leadership and governance, workforce, financing, information systems, supplies and equipment, and service delivery.

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