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Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) is the coordinating body for the Protestant Health Services in Uganda. UPMB is a network of 317 faith-based health institutions in Uganda. Founded in 1957 to serve as a liaison between the Government of Uganda, donors and member hospitals, UPMB now serves as a National umbrella organization with a wider mandate and membership from all over the country.

Our Vision

Preferred Christian Health Care Partner For Sustainable Services

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67Years of Operation

what we do

Providing Quality Health Care Services.

Project Planning and Programming

Over the years, UPMB has steadily built its project portfolio around the program areas that strengthen and compliment the services that its members health facilities provide. These projects are designed under the broad thematic/focus areas of; HV/AIDS treatment and Care, Health System Strengthening, Family Health and Non-Communicable Diseases. Our programs are aligned to our strategic plan of Research & Development of strategic centers of excellence. This makes our programming flexible and adaptive to evolves with emerging issues in the health sector.

Coordination

Coordination has been positioned as a key program area with the intention of ensuring adequate resources for coordination activities. This will involve coordination of all member units, other partners such as the bureaus, government ministries and agencies, and the training institutions. Coordination will address issues affecting quality service delivery, resource mobilization and policy support. Therefore coordination will involve information sharing, joint activities and provision of leadership.

Accreditation

UPMB has an accredited total of 317 Health facilities including Hospitals, HCIV’s, HCIII’s, HCII’s and Health Training Institutions and is continuously work round the clock to not only increasing these numbers but also ensure quality and patient safety are paramount.

Optical Services

UPMB Optical Centre was established in 1979 to provide affordable and quality optical services to Ugandans with the aim of exceeding every client’s expectations by offering outstanding customer service, flexibility in service provision and ensuring value for money for the client.The Centre currently has a client base of over 3000, and emphasis is on professionalism, diligence and hard work.

Clearing and forwarding services

UPMB provides clearing and forwarding services. Both air and sea freight services for individual member units and church related programs and projects are handled. These include pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and machines, motor vehicles, personal effects for expatriate staff and relief goods. This service is done at a subsidized cost without compromising speed and efficiency.

Work permits handling

Work permits for expatriates working with member institutions and church related bodies are processed by the UPMB secretariat. The processing unit handles operational licenses and annual practicing licenses for member units and medical doctors both local and foreign.
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July 5, 2024

A New Audio-Visual Technology Anticipated to Transform HIV Service Delivery

The collective fight against HIV/AIDS normally involves asking sensitive questions as a key to gathering necessary insights on an individual’s health and social relations.  Given the nature of these questions, some people may feel uncomfortable and reluctant to respond accurately because they want to safeguard their privacy.

To overcome this drawback and ensure quality data, Ishaka Adventist Hospital adopted the Audio-Computer Assisted Self- Interview (ACASI) with support from USAID/Local Service Delivery for HIV/AIDS Activity (USAID/LSDA) implemented by Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau and USAID Strategic Information Technical Support (USAID/SITES).

This innovative method of data collection enables participants listen to pre-recorded questions through headphones and respond to questions by selecting their answers on a touch screen or keypad, all happening at the hospital.

The new technology allows users or participants to privately answer sensitive personal questions on a computer with headphones in their local language. The innovation has the capability to assist clients with low literacy levels; whether they know how to use a computer or not.

Administered under the ART Clinic, ACASI has an automated electronic audio and video counselling platform where clients can go and get counselled on HIV/AIDS, substance or drug abuse, and mental health issues.

The adoption of ACASI by Ishaka Adventist Hospital will help improve quality data collection by minimizing data entry errors and reduce time to clean and monitor incoming data. It also has the potential to reduce the social desirability bias that may occur in face-to-face interviews.

This innovation will help Ishaka Adventist Hospital address traditional barriers like stigma and discrimination, which have been deterring individuals from seeking HIV testing and counselling service. It will also help in the identification of at-risk individuals, especially Key Populations.

Staff at Ishaka Adventist Hospital have been trained by USAID SITES in collaboration with USAID/LSDA to operate the system and assist clients in using it.

April 24, 2024

UPMB Commemorating World TB Day

On the 24th March of every year, the world comes together to commemorate the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. On this day, governments, health care providers and community actors across the world create awareness about the devastating impact of tuberculosis on health, society, and economies.

This year, Uganda commemorated this day on the 27th March 2024 at Kikagati Town Council in Isingiro District. Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) was privileged to join the rest of the country as we reflected on the progress, challenges and lessons in the fight to combat TB in Uganda.

The national theme for World TB Day 2024 – ‘Yes! We can end TB. Beat Leprosy’ – is a powerful message that underscores our collective determination to overcome this epidemic. As we commemorate this day, UPMB has made great strides in the fight against TB with funding from USAID and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Uganda. As of 31 March, 2024, the organisation has managed to reach over 26,468 individuals with TB screening and treatment services.

August 11, 2023

LSDA team hand over an X-Ray machine spare part to the Comboni Hospital team.

Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) with support from USAID donated an X-ray machine Inverter board worth USD 10,500 to Comboni Hospital on the 3 August 2023. The donation was received by the district leadership in the presence of Comboni Hospital administration at the district headquarter.

While receiving the donation, the district chairperson Jafari Basajabalaba hailed UPMB for the continued support in promotion of health services in the district. Handing over the donation, Dr Mugisha Dan said, UPMB had learnt that X-ray services at Comboni hospital had been paralyzed for more than 2 years due to the damaged inverter board and it prompted the donation. “The X-ray machine at the facility is used to diagnose a number of conditions including diagnosis for TB and bones fractures”, said Dr Kyangwa Joseph, the Medical Superintendent Comboni hospital. The restored machine will support in TB screening among children and people living with HIV/AIDS.

In attendance was the District Vice Chairperson, CAO, Principal Assistant Secretary, District Health Officer, District TB and Leprosy Supervisor and the District Information Officer.  Comboni Hospital was Represented by the Hospital Administrator and Principal Nursing Officer. UPMB was represented by the TB Advisor and Dr Patrick Musinguzi – Care & Treatment Specialist. Pacific Diagnostics LTD was represented by their Biomedical engineer. The district leadership greatly appreciation the UPMB and USAID investment in the district.  The district leadership greatly appreciated the UPMB and USAID investment in the district. The leadership also appreciated similar support that was previously provided to Ishaka Adventist Hospital in form of a Power Backup system

UPMB currently has a Network of 317 faith based private not for profit health facilities (including Hospitals, Health Facilities and 18 Health Training Institutions) spanning over five decades of experience in serving vulnerable communities in Uganda with a common goal of providing preventive, promotive, curative, and rehabilitative affordable, good quality health care to Ugandans regardless of ethnicity and religious creed. Their presence is strong in rural areas reaching the most marginalized and vulnerable groups of society.

 

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HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Projects

Engaging FBOs/CSOs/PNFPs and Communities to Support and Sustain HIV Epidemic control in Uganda (e-FACE)

EFACE is a five-year (2020-2025) Cooperative Agreement (CA) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented by Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) in Kampala and Masaka regions under the Faith Community Initiatives. It is currently in year 2 of implementation. The supported Private Not For Profit (PNFPs) are registered under the Church of Uganda (Anglican church), Seventh Adventist and Pentecost church.

 

AIM: Strengthen the technical and institutional capacity of FBOs/CBOs/PNFPs to complement the existing efforts by GOU, Development Partners, Civil Society and other stakeholders to attain and sustain epidemic control in Uganda by 2020 and beyond through 5 strategic objectives:

Improving coordination with ministries, decentralized health authorities and FBOs/PNFP structures

  1. Improving organizational capacity and competencies of FBOs/PNFPs to engage communities and provide comprehensive HIV/TB Services
  2. Scaling up evidence-based HIV prevention interventions to reduce the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV Infection within the target populations
  3. Improving HIV treatment services, retention and viral suppression of all patients in care at supported sites
  4. Improving data management, quality and utilization to inform decision making, performance improvement, learning and quality of care for clients at program, health facility and community levels

 

GEOGRAPHICAL SCOPE: Project is implemented in two CDC regions of Kampala and Masaka across two cities and 4 districts: Kampala and Masaka Cities, Wakiso, Mpigi, Kalungu, and Lwengo districts respectively. The project currently supports 18 PNFP health facilities.

 

District/CityHealth FacilityLevel
Kampala CityMengo HospitalGeneral Hospital
Kisasi COU HCHC III
JOY Medical CenterHC III
Wentz Medical centerHC III
St Stephen’s Dispensary & Maternity CenterHC II
St Stephen’s Hospital MpererweGeneral Hospital
WakisoNampunge HCHC III
Kireka SDA HCHC III
Mirembe HCHC III
Rapha Medical centerHC III
MpigiDouble CureHospital
KalunguKabungo HCHC III
KalungiHC III
Wellsprings Medical CenterHC III
Masaka CityKako HCHC III
LwengoKimwanyi HCHC III
Katovu HCHC II

 

HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Projects

USAID LOCAL SERVICE DELIVERY FOR HIV AND AIDS ACTIVITY (USAID/LSDA)

On August 12, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a USD 50 million Five-year Cooperative Agreement (CA) to Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) to implement the LSD project in the five USAID regions of East Central, Eastern, Acholi, Lango and South western Uganda. Through this CA, UPMB as a prime in partnership with Baylor Uganda, Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and Most At Risk Populations (MARPI) will provide managerial, financial and technical assistance to Private Not-For Profit Organizations (PNFPs) including Faith Based and Civil Society Organizations to continue providing quality HIV/TB services, and strengthen capacity for ownership and sustainability in furtherance of the Government of Uganda and PEPFAR efforts towards attaining the goal of reaching and maintaining HIV epidemic control by 2020, and ending AIDS by 2030.

Specifically, the project supports PNFPs to address gaps through optimization of high yielding HIV Testing and Counseling Service approaches, provision of HIV/TB care and treatment, improve retention and viral suppression, scale up services to reach men and key populations, and strengthen the PNFP institutional capacity and quality for sustainable service delivery.

Activity objectives:

  • Objective 1: New HIV Infections prevented.
  • Objective 2: 95% of Target Populations Living with HIV know their HIV Status.
  • Objective 3: 95% of Target populations Living with HIV are on Treatment.
  • Objective 4: 95% of Target populations on Treatment Have Suppressed Viral Loads.
  • Objective 5: Select PNFPs have institutional capacity to sustain epidemic control & maintenance.

Activity achievements:

Leveraging faith-based structures:

 

  • Leadership of the respective faith medical Bureaus (UOMB, UCMB, UMMB) oriented on Faith and Community Initiative (FCI) to build consensus.
  • 888 faith leaders trained on basics of HIV, use of messages of hope, community-facility referrals, SGBV and use of HIV self-test kits.
  • 80 Health windows established at places of worship as service points for HIV prevention and care servic
  • 460 community volunteers trained and attached to health windows.
  • Community sensitization done to inform communities on the health windows and deliver messages of hope
  • Joint facility visits conducted to introduce FCI and the community representatives to the facilities.
  • Through the FCI intervention, 2862 individuals mobilized and given messages of hope, 3149 HIV self- tests distributed. 83 clients with reactive self-tests reported to a facility for confirmatory testing, 62 HIV positive clients identified and 52 attached to care.
  • 440 Community Dialogues on GBV/SBV were held and
  • 132 GBV Cases Referred to health facilities.

Building institutional capacity and strengthening sustainability:

 

LSDA supports:

 

  • 34 PNFP health facilities with sub grants to offer facility and community HIH/TB services.
  • 25 Civil Society Organizations have received grants to support community HIV/TB activities.
  • Provides direct activity and TA support to 145 mid and low volume health facilities.
  • Seconds 993 Health Workers to 142 health facilities and 306 Community Health Workers to support community interventions

Support for community structures

  • 3,679 community Health workers supported to provide community health services and continuity in care for clients
  • 2647 community clusters (CCLAD/Cells) formed to support community attachment of clients.
  • 2980 children and adolescents (59% in care) attached to OVC partners. 64% adults and 1387 (98%) KPs attached to community health workers and peers.
  • 64% of LSDA clients supported under community Differentiated Service Deliver Models. 90% of the clients receive more than 3 months dispensing

Coordination with USAID implementing partners and the public Health system:

  • LSDA partners with the 5 RHITES, 7 Local partner and 5 OVC activities in the sub regions of Ankole, Kigezi, Acholi, Lango, East Central and Eastern Uganda.
  • The activity works with 58 District Local Governments that host the 179 supported health facilities.
  • LSDA works closely with the Orthodox, Muslim and
  • Faith Medical Bureaus to support facility interventions

HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Projects

ACE FORT

Accelerate HIV/AIDS epidemic control in Fort Portal Region dubbed ACE FORT, is a five-year project implemented in the Fort Portal Region within a consortium of Baylor Uganda as the prime Partner, Inter Bureau Coalition (UPMB, UCMB, UOMB, & UMMB) and Women’s Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA) as sub partners. With funding from Baylor-Uganda, The Inter Bureau Coalition/Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) supports 35 Private not for Profit (PNFP) health facilities across nine districts in Rwenzori region under the ACE Fort project.

UPMB sub-grants 35 PNFPs and provides technical assistance in; Prevention, Care and treatment, Strategic Information, Laboratory services Management, Medicines & Supply Chain, Community Facility Frame work, implement Uganda Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Point of Care (POC), facility-based Echo Zoom platform and HMIS Periodic reporting. OVC programing through three health facilities (Virika, Kabarole & Kagando Hospitals) in 2 sub-counties of South Division in Kabarole district and Kisinga in Kasese district.

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