A critical description of the Uganda Health System

Boniface Mutatina, a McMaster Health Forum Queen Elizabeth Scholar in Strengthening Health Systems, provides a critical overview of the Ugandan healthcare system.

The Ugandan health system, like other systems, aims to achieve, promote and sustain good health for its people. The health system has been evolving over the last 3 to 4 decades to handle emerging concerns and challenges to the health situation in the country. Currently, healthcare delivery is done through a decentralized framework mostly, through modern and to some extent traditional practices. According to international health indicators, healthcare in Uganda is becoming more accessible and robustly a public donor-private interlinked sector. The aim of this paper is to provide a critical description of the Uganda healthcare system; it utilizes the WHO framework to provide a detailed description of the Uganda Health System.