ORS/Zinc status – Uganda

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UgandaUganda

Population: 45.74m (2020)
Area: 241,037 sqkm

Diarrhoea deaths: 4,493 (2019)

ORS coverage: 47% (2016)

ORS + Zinc coverage: 30% (2016)

National EML download: Essential Medicines and Health Supplies List 2016 – Uganda

National policy
ORS+Zinc in National Clinical Guidelines
ORS included in the National Essential Medicines List
Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List
Co-packaged ORS & Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List (added before 2018)

Zinc availability
✅ Zinc available “over the counter”
❌ Any retailer can sell Zinc (needs verification)

Outlets for Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
❌ Supermarkets
❌ General retail outlets
✅ Community Health Workers
❌ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
✅ Campaigns and outreach (eg Integrated community programmes)
❌ Other

Co-pack availability
✅ Co-packaged ORS and Zinc available

Outlets for co-packaged ORS and Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
❌ Supermarkets
❌ General retail outlets
✅ Community Health Workers
❌ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
✅ Campaigns and outreach (eg Integrated community programmes)
❌ Other

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc brands (may not be exhaustive)
Oralyte (Medipharm Industries (EA) Ltd), ZinkOra Kit (Rene Industries, Uganda) and D-lyte (Agog Pharma India)
Co-packaged ORS and Zinc - Oralyte
ZinkOra kit - Rene Industries - Uganda

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc manufacturers (may not be exhaustive)
Medipharm Industries (EA) Ltd
Rene Industries Ltd

Co-pack costs
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PUBLIC sector
Free of charge
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PRIVATE sector
UGX 500 (USD 0.14)

Diarrhoea programmes currently on-going

Name Organisation Funder Diarrhoea specific Target area
Private sector study to improve mtrac reporting and case management of childhood illness CHAI FCDO (UKAid) No Apac, Kole, Oyam and Kwania districts
ICCM, IMNCI GoU and UNICEF No Nationwide

 

Additional information
None

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Making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the "go to" treatment for childhood diarrhoea

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