67th State of the Nation Platform: “Confronting the Challenge of Child Mortality in Uganda: Scale-up and Consolidation of Gains from the CODES project”

Over the years, Uganda has made significant strides in reducing child mortality. Child mortality in Uganda declined from 156 per 1000 live births in 1990s, to 137 per 1000 live in 2005, 90 per 1000 live births in 2011 to the current 69 per 1000 live births. This was partly due to result of increased knowledge and service in the health sector. The five-year Community and District Empowerment for Scale-up (CODES) project, developed jointly by Uganda’s Ministry of Health, UNICEF and Karolinska Institute in partnership with Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), Child Fund International (CFI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH) put in place a myriad of interventions to reduce child deaths associated with diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria. This report focuses on the achievements and lessons learnt from five years of CODES implementation. The dialogue brought together a cross-section of key stakeholders in child survival in Uganda including; Women MPs, District Health Officers, Chief Administrative officers of the 13 CODES implementation districts, National Medical Stores, Health Monitoring Unit, UNICEF,ACODE, CFI, MoH and Makerere University.