The two Ambassadors had a tour of Rhona Medical Center, one of 45 small and medium size private health providers that received loans under a joint Sweden-U.S. loan program to enhance availability of credit to the private sector.
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Kampala - U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi and Swedish Ambassador Urban Andersson visited the Rhona Medical Center in Kansanga last week. The medical center is one of 45 small and medium size private health providers that have received loans under a joint Sweden-U.S. loan program to enhance availability of credit to the private sector.
Ambassador DeLisi and Ambassador Andersson launched this program in 2012, the first of its kind in Uganda, by supporting Centenary Bank to expand its lending to the health sector. In early 2014, the bank passed the program’s mid-point mark, having made loans worth $1.5 million to private sector business ranging from clinics like Rhona, to rural drug shops and diagnostic centers. Private clinics and drug shops form the first point of healthcare received for over 60% of Ugandans and enable ordinary citizens to access affordable and high-quality medical care. Based on the success of the initial program, the U.S. and Sweden launched another larger, $7 million loan program with Ecobank in 2013.
This joint visit by the two ambassadors reflects the importance that the U.S. and Sweden place on their commitment to grow and improve the quality of the private health sector in Uganda.
The Rhona Medical Centre was established in 2002. It is registered with the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioner’s Council (UMDPC) and the Uganda nurses and midwives council. In July 2013, the facility acquired a loan of $40,000 from Centenary Bank under the program. The loan was used to purchase a dental X-ray, a scanning machine, a clinical chemistry machine, hematology analyzer, and desktop computers. These investments have contributed to a significant increase in client volumes and annual revenues. According to owner Dr. Bemera Emmanuel Edward, thanks to this program, the facility experienced 177% growth in sales and a growth in clients from 40 to 380 per month. USAID’s Private Health Support project provides financial management and quality improvement capacity-building support to borrowers under this program.
For further details, please visit http://www.usaid.gov/uganda
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