Baylor College of Medicine
Children’s Foundation - Uganda

AMR surveillance

The emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens that have acquired resistance to existing antimicrobial agents is a threat to human health and modern medicine and a risk to animal health and food production. Baylor Foundation Uganda supports the Ministry of Health to prevent and control the spread of AMR through strengthening AMR surveillance and ensuring the appropriate use of antimicrobials. This support is delivered through the provision of technical assistance to MOH in the AMR technical working groups, and building the capacity of hospitals to conduct AMR surveillance and implement antibiotic stewardship activities.

Achievements

COVID-19 Vaccination

The Ministry of Health (MoH) started to roll out COVID-19 vaccination in May 2021. Since then, Baylor Foundation Uganda has supported the Ministry of Health (MoH) through the Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunization (UNEPI) to implement routine/targeted COVID-19 vaccination and Accelerated Mass Vaccination Campaigns (AMVC) at the national and subnational level (17 districts and two cities in Bunyoro and Rwenzori regions). Our support includes capacity building for healthcare workers (HCWs) and community mobilizers, microplanning and coordination, supportive supervision and mentorship, vaccine supply chain management, data management, Advocacy, risk communication and community engagement. As of August 2022, 88% (2,625,739) and 61% (1,816,732) of the target population people from Rwenzori and Hoima regions had received the first dose and were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 respectively.

Achievements

Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Campaign (YFPMVC): The Ministry of Health/UNEPI with support from GAVI transferred YFPMVC funds to Baylor-Uganda to provide technical and financial support to local governments. The campaign targeted populations aged 9 months – 60 years in Bunyoro and Rwenzori regions.

The region’s performances.

Life course vaccination

Baylor Foundation Uganda is supporting the Uganda National Expanded Program for Immunization (UNEPI) under the Ministry of Health (MOH) to coordinate life course vaccination for children in our supported districts. This initiative aims to ensure that every child living in remote and underserved communities has access to essential vaccines to protect them from preventable diseases, include:

Objectives:

Supporting the supply chain distribution of vaccines: Baylor Foundation Uganda is working in partnership with healthcare facilities to ensure accurate forecasting of vaccine needs and is further supporting the redistribution of vaccines from overstocked to understocked healthcare facilities to prevent stockouts and wastage.

Conducting community vaccination outreaches: Baylor Uganda has also supported routine outreaches and campaigns during the child health days to take vaccination services to its supported districts in remote and underserved communities.