Uganda adopted the Village Health Teams strategy in 2001 as a bridge in health service delivery between communities and health facilities. This assessment sought to determine the Village Health Team’s functionality in Uganda.
The overall objective of the assessment was to determine the national status and functionality of Village Health Teams in Uganda in order to improve the planning and delivery of health services to households and communities. The assessment employed a cross-sectional study design using qualitative and quantitative techniques of data collection. The assessment was conducted in all 112 districts in Uganda from November 2014 to January 2015. Individual interviews were conducted with a total of 2,610 Village Health Team members, 224 health workers, and 112 Village Health Team focal persons. Key informant interviews were conducted with 112 district partners and 200 district leaders, including Resident District Commissioners, Local Council V Chairpersons, and Chief Administrative Officers. Additionally, key informant interviews were conducted with seven Ministry of Health officials and 13 national partners. Focus group discussions were conducted with 112 District Health Team and 30 community groups.