The West Nile sub-region of Uganda is among the poorest and least-developed areas of the country and is home to 58% of the country’s 1.3 million registered refugees.
UNICEF’s health systems strengthening interventions in the region have aimed to address the supply of and demand for maternal, child health and nutrition services.
The success of the interventions will be measured by their ability to encourage uptake of services and address financial, geographical, and informational barriers reported by women and health professionals.
Montrose has been contracted to design a rigorous impact and economic evaluation, conduct a baseline of UNICEF’s health systems strengthening interventions, share findings and feedback, and prepare discussion papers on issues identified.
The scope of the assignment involves carrying out research remotely and in-country, aligned to UNICEF’s programmatic aims of strengthening health systems for refugee and host communities.
Social behaviour change communication activities will be under particular scrutiny considering the vision to strengthen both supply and demand, with a focus on quality, cost-effectiveness and systems change.
Montrose’s well-defined research agenda will effectively and systematically steer programme implementation, contributing to a reduction in child poverty, building resilience and inclusive development in the region, and driving the uptake of maternal, child health and nutrition services.
Several studies carried out during the programme were published as papers in the Africa Health journal: