Health Trends in Post-conflict North Uganda

A new disease profile of Gulu District and neighbouring areas in North Uganda will help local health service providers meet the changing health needs of the most vulnerable.

Health information systems are an important pillar of functioning health systems, providing ongoing data collection to support planning and decision-making that is based on evidence. They are especially important in areas of the world that are undergoing rapid shifts in demographics and disease patterns, providing the evidence needed to adjust service delivery. This is the case in Uganda, where migration and socio-economic changes are changing the disease profile.

St Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu District, a missionary hospital established in 1959, and then managed and developed for many years by Canadian surgeon Dr Lucille Teasdale-Corti and her husband Dr Piero Corti, has been a key provider of health services to the most vulnerable in North Uganda. However, shifts in disease burden and other variables are affecting the cost and quality of service delivery. To continue serving its constituents well, Lacor Hospital must adjust its services to respond to changing health needs. However, it lacks reliable information on which to base such decisions.

This project will develop a disease profile of Gulu and neighbouring areas that Lacor Hospital can use to plan and deliver services that respond to the changing needs of the population. The profile will provide a baseline of health and demographic and socio-economic data, obtained through document reviews, interviews, and a population-based survey. The project will use this baseline to determine how current health trends are affecting local demand for services and to make recommendations for allocating the hospital's resources and expanding its services.

The project is also expected to build local capacity to undertake health and demographic surveys, create the impetus for collecting health information data, and to nurture a culture of evidence-based planning and decision-making in North Uganda.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

End Date

Thursday, August 15, 2013


12 months

IDRC Officer

Mahmood, Qamar

Total funding

CA$ 137,690


Uganda, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Dr Donato Greco


Teasdale-Corti Foundation

Institution Country


Institution Website