1 The government of Japan contributed $1.5 million (UGX 5,710,860,000) at the The United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF) to help the government of Uganda improve the care of children without and without vaccination at the community level.
2 UNICEF will use the funds to implement a digital health information system that will help reach unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children with required vaccines, and recipients of COVID-19 vaccination; help health workers plan immunization supplies; and track COVID-19 vaccination.
3 A recent “zero dose” survey conducted in four urban districts revealed that there are still significant numbers of unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children.
4 Before a child celebrates his first birthday, he must have received BCGDiphtheria-HepB-Hib, Hepatitis B, OPV, IPVRotavirus, Yellow Fever, Measles-Rubella, PCV vaccinations.
5 10-year-old girls in school and in the community should receive the HPV vaccine.
6 Lack of an accurate or near-accurate source for the actual number of children who missed doses of vaccine, complex data collection forms, lack of a simplified way to view stock status, children who missed getting vaccinated and the children who need to be vaccinated each month, the difficulty some of the challenges that affect how immunization services are provided are some of the challenges that affect how immunization services are provided to follow up accurate information on vaccine stocks, receipts and deliveries.
seven Once the digital monitoring system is in place, the Ministry of Health and its partners will be able to improve service quality and coverage to reach unvaccinated and under-vaccinated people wherever they are through outreach activities and better planning.
8 350 health workers and 60 executives from the Ministry of Health and the Regional Reference Hospital will directly benefit from this innovation, while 1.3 million children under 5 in the pilot districts of Kamuli, Kampala, Kamwenge , Lamwo, Mukono, Ntungamo and Wakiso will benefit indirectly.
9 The intervention will also benefit 10 million children under five across the country and 21 million vaccinated children aged 12-18 who will be vaccinated against COVID-19.
ten The project objectives will be achieved by the end of 2024.
11 “The Government of Japan is pleased to announce a contribution of $1.5 million to UNICEF to support the Ministry of Health in implementing a digitized health information micro-planning system that will help identify the challenges faced in providing immunization services and achieving Universal Health Coverage (CSU).
12 Furthermore, at the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8) Held in August 2022, Japan pledged to work on countermeasures against COVID-19, promoting universal health coverage, strengthening medical and health systems, and establishing a better health security.
13 This cooperation is a realization of that commitment,” said HE Fukuzawa Hidemoto, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Uganda.
14 With the financial support of the Japanese government, the UNICEF intervention will contribute to a better estimation of “zero dose” children and a better identification of where these children are at the lowest community level in the districts.
15 UNICEF Representative in Uganda, Munir Safieldin (Phd.), said collecting accurate and timely data will improve immunization coverage, particularly through better estimates of the number and location of the target population in the country. community level.
16 With this funding from the Japanese government, the Ugandan government, with the support of partners, will be able to better manage routine and supplementary immunization, COVID-19 vaccination, vitamin A supplementation, deworming and data about health.
17 community nutrition screening for Uganda”.
18 UNICEF will work closely with Uganda’s Ministry of Health’s National Expanded Program on Immunization, Health Information Management Division and Department of Community Health to implement the project.