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Health indicators are improving in certain regions of Uganda, yet many deaths are caused by preventable diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. According to WHO, HIV/AIDS has a national prevalance of 5.4% and is the leading cause of death among adults, followed by tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. In addition, UNAIDS reports that HIV/AIDS is responsible for nearly half of the Ugandan orphan population, which exceeds an estimated two million. Uganda is one of 15 US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) focus countries currently receiving support for comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programs.
CCGHE has partnered with Medical Education Services to All Ugandans (MESAU), a consortium of five Ugandan medical schools, to provide support among five strategic areas: monitoring and evaluation, research capacity building, IRB strengthening, curriculum development and information technology (IT)/distance learning. Accordingly, CCGHE and colleagues in Uganda have engaged in a number of in-country education, distance learning and mobile technology initiatives, including development of mHealth tools to optimize HIV prevention efforts, continuing clinical education conferences and courses, building in-country capacity in curriculum development and distance learning, and interprofessional team-building among physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical students and administrators.