The USAID Uganda Voucher Plus Activity is a five -year (2016-2021) project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with Abt Associates that aims to increase the use of maternal and newborn health services by poor pregnant women, by providing qulaity obstetric, newborn ,and postpartum family planning services.
The activity builds demand for Voucher Community -Based Distributors (VCBDs) who offer vouchers at 4,000 UGX to elgible women.The VCBDs provide safe motherhood information to pregnant women, youth and partners. The highly subsidized voucher package offers four antenatal care visits; services for elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV; delivery with skilled attendant , including refer if needed; postnatal care; and postpartum family planning (PPFP). The activity identifies, accredits, and contracts private providers where Mbale People’s Hospital is among to deliver a package of safe motherhood services.
At first, Mbale People’s Clinic and Maternity home was a common facility handling basic obstetric care. When the USAID Uganda Voucher Plus Activity partnered with the facility, it aligned perfectly with Dr. Aruho’s dream to save lives of mothers and babies irrespective of how much they have. The activity has had a high quality standard and we have had a significant change.Voucher mothers and their families have changed their health seeking behavior; mothers bring their sick children and husbands to seek treatment. The activity has exposed private sector actors to a continuum of care: household to community to facility.