Capacity building for districts to lead the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health programs is a critical component of health systems strengthening. Currently, there is a move towards district-led programming to strengthen country ownership, implementation and coordination of health programs at the national and sub-national levels. For HIV, this move is aimed at enhancing the move towards zero new infections.
District-led programming will only be successful if the districts have the capacity to plan for, coordinate, implement, and monitor health programs, including HIV/AIDS. For a long time there have been gaps in all these areas with resultant uncoordinated activities in the districts and at the national level, which has negatively impacted on the effectiveness and efficiency of health interventions.
The district capacity building efforts will focus on the key functions of the districts which include: priority setting, management and leadership; monitoring, mentorship and support supervision; coordination of implementing partner efforts; resource mobilization; and use of monitoring and evaluation data to inform decision-making. The capacity building program will be implemented as a joint venture between the Ministry of Health and Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Download pdf