Because infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and avian influenza know no borders, USAID's health activities tackle challenges that go beyond the mandate of one country program. Regional programs focus on vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly in fragile and conflict-prone regions, as well as populations at border sites and along the transport corridors. USAID also focuses on meeting basic health needs that are common across the region, including maternal health, infant and child health, and water and sanitation.
We implement activities in collaboration with two African-led regional institutions: the East, Central & Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA) in Arusha, Tanzania, and the Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care (RCQHC) at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Through USAID support, these institutions are building African technical capacity to improve service quality, providing training on key health issues, sharing best practices across borders, and improving the policy environment in five major areas:
- Maternal and child health
- Family planning and reproductive health.
We also support a regional SafeTStop program, designed to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS, improve care, and reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS along major transport corridors in East Africa. This program reaches the most-at-risk: truckers and host communities in stopover towns and worksites.
Last updated: May 10, 2013