Uganda reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on 21 March 2020. The country has since implemented a series of public health measures to limit the spread of the virus. The pandemic has progressed from imported cases through sporadic community cases to stage four, with widespread community transmission. This paper documents how evidence and analysis were used to support decision-making for an adaptive health system response to COVID-19 in Uganda in 2020. A desk review was thus implemented using published and grey literature covering the period from February to October 2020 to document the nature and organisation of different data and related evidence used to support projections, planning and decision-making on the surveillance, prevention, care and health system response to COVID-19. The desk review also looked at how evidence was used and communicated across different actors to support adaptive responses. While there have been challenges, Uganda’s response to COVID-19 has been dynamic, responding to different sources of evidence, and through different institutional channels and actions, with the latter generating evidence and experience that feeds back to the response.
Equitable health services, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Title of publication Using evidence and analysis for an adaptive health system response to COVID-19 in Uganda in 2020
Date of publication
'Using evidence and analysis for an adaptive health system response to COVID-19 in Uganda in 2020’, EQUINET Case study paper, Ministry of Health Uganda: Kampala, TARSC, EQUINET: Harare
Uganda, evidence, COVID-19; systems
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