The health of the Ugandan population is central to the socio-economic transformation of the country. Along with
increased literacy rates and vibrant economic growth, health outcomes are improving which translates to better
health indicators. Over the last two decades, the Government of the Republic of Uganda has increased access to
health services two fold. By 1997, only 47% of the population who needed health care could access outpatient
services (NHP 1999). During that time, health facilities were few and far from communities, and the health system
that was degraded by years of civil strife and mismanagement was just beginning to recover. This figure has since
improved to about 110%, underscoring the ease of access to health facilities by the population (DHIS2 2015/16).