UNICEF has contracted Montrose to conduct an impact and economic evaluation baseline study of its health systems strengthening interventions in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda. The objective of this evaluation is to measure the effectiveness of UNICEF’s programme to strengthen district level health systems and better meet the needs of refugees and host communities.
The West Nile sub-region is among the poorest and least developed areas of Uganda. The same sub-region is home to approximately 58% of the approximate total of 1.3 million refugees registered by the Government of Uganda. The presence of refugees in such deprived areas further undermines coping abilities of the hosting communities as services are often overwhelmed and natural resources are in high demand.
Through the programme “Child-Sensitive Social Protection in Refugee-Hosting Districts of West Nile, Uganda,” UNICEF aims to strengthen systems that address the health, nutrition needs and vulnerabilities of mothers and children residing in the 11 districts of Uganda’s West Nile sub-region (including refugee-hosting districts)
The programme presents a significant opportunity to evaluate how to best improve the lives of both refugees and host community children and women. It is expected to enable and empower the poorest and most vulnerable households to develop their human capital and overcome their vulnerabilities.
With a team of highly skilled national consultants, Montrose will support UNICEF to adapt and improve programme delivery by setting benchmarks and evaluating the impact of its health systems strengthening interventions across the region.