Despite the strides in economic development, Uganda is weighed down by a high disease burden due to a high malaria endemic rate, low contraceptive prevalence at 39 percent, high maternal mortality rate at 336 per 100,000 live births, an HIV prevalence rate of 7.1 percent and a stagnant teenage pregnancy rate of 25 percent. (2016 UDHS, 2015 Uganda AIDS Indicator Survey.) In addition, the country is facing have a steady rise in prevalence of non-communicable diseases that needs to be addressed.
PSI operates in Uganda through its independent network member and implementing partner, Programme for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE), and in-country network member PSI-Uganda.
PSI/Uganda runs health interventions in reproductive health and youth friendly services, as well as socially market products, services and healthy behaviors that enable low-income and vulnerable communities to lead healthier lives.
PACE has health interventions in malaria, reproductive health, maternal health, youth friendly services, safe water, child survival and HIV/AIDS care and prevention. PACE uses social marketing to promote products, services and healthy behaviors that enable low-income and vulnerable communities to lead healthier lives.