Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF) is a registered, limited by guarantee membership association founded in 2010 to champion the interests of the private health sector in Uganda. UHF has a membership of over 55 non-state health associations and organizations in Uganda, including service providers, health professionals, distributors and manufacturers, as well as civil society partners.

As the umbrella body for the Uganda non-state health sector, UHF lobbies, advocates, campaigns, mobilizes and mediates for the private sector. UHF offers a unique connection with Uganda’s private health sector through a diverse membership, and contact database of over 2,000 connections, monthly networking events, newsletter, online presence and regular interactions with the private sector in districts outside Kampala.

UHF implements programs related to the Uganda health sector and disseminates information, and contributes to sector development through lobbying and advocacy activities.

As a membership organization, UHF retains members by offering several privileges including access to health sector B2B networking events, with health sector influencers at exclusive events. UHF also offers product and service marketing opportunities, organization visibility and awareness. Members have an opportunity to contribute to the health sector policy formulation process and access the latest health sector information. UHF also provides access to fee and subsidized training, professional development and capacity building opportunities.

UHF is an affiliate of the East Africa Healthcare Federation, with sister federations in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan. UHF also holds a seat on the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU) Board and is recognized by the Ministry of Health – Public Private Partnerships in Health Node

Vision

To be the representing, reference and advocacy body for the non-state health sector in Uganda.

Mission

To bring all private (non-state) sector stakeholders under one umbrella body for the purpose of advocating policy change, promoting and championing the interests of the private health sector.

UHF Core Values

  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Innovative and results focused
  • Committed for the long term

Background

The private health sector in Uganda is critical in the delivery of health services, despite poor regulation and minimal public sector or health development partner support. Government planning and programs focus mainly on public facilities and private not-for-profit (PNFP) providers.  Skepticism towards the private sector not defined as private for profit, stemmed from a suspicion its emphasis was large profit margins; this was further compounded by a lack of coordination, communication and cohesion. Due to this negative perception, the nomenclature for private for profit entities was changed to Private Health Provider (PHP).

However, fragmentation amongst the 5,000 PHP providers and over 40,000 health professionals, loosely grouped in numerous associations and groups persisted. This fragmentation and lack of one voice resulted in the exclusion of PHP from the Ministry of Health and development partner programs, as well as policy consultations. Despite challenges in financing, capacity building and mechanisms to monitor or enforce standards in the quality of care, over 70% of health services are still sought from the PHP sector.

To address these challenges, and the need to have a private health sector umbrella body, the Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF) was formed in 2010.

UHF Membership Structure

The structure of UHF provides the opportunity for the various membership bodies to be represented on the federation’s board. This structure ensures that no interest group goes unrepresented. Membership is in three pillars that require payment of membership fees and a fourth pillar for partnerships.

UHF Objectives

  • To be an all-inclusive membership association that appropriately represents all non-state health sector players in Uganda
  • To contribute to development of health sector and related legislation and policy
  • To offer ongoing valuable member services
  • To established a network of health sector working relationships
  • To implement contracts that support and enhance the Uganda health sector

UHF Hub Committees

UHF has 5 hub committees in the following categories:

  • Education and Training
  • Standards and Regulation
  • ICT/ mHealth
  • Healthcare Financing
  • Information and Regional Networks

The hub committees create an environment of information sharing, collaboration and building of synergies, yielding business enhancement opportunities for members, and informed planning to avoid duplication and instill efficient resource allocation, which is much needed in the non-state health sector. Through these hubs, members find common solutions to common problems, such as best practice, joint advocacy, leverage and audience with the regulatory bodies and stream lining for specific interests in health.

What We Offer

  • Promotion and representation of the interests of members in various forums locally, regionally and internationally; both at public and private sector events
  • Instillation of standards in healthcare and promoting a competitive and robust self-regulating private health sector
  • Combined experience and leadership training, coaching and advisory platforms for members
  • Global networks and partnerships for business opportunities, awareness and collaborations

Member Benefits

  • Access to business to business networking events with health sector influencers at exclusive events
  • Marketing platform for your organization’s product or service line
  • Contribute to health sector policy formation
  • Access to capacity building opportunities

Local, Regional and Global representation

5th EAST AFRICA HEALTHCARE FEDERATION(EAHF) CONFERENCE

 

During the year, UHF hosted the 5th East African Healthcare Federation (EAHF) conference from 5th to 7th June at the Sheraton, Kampala. UHF first hosted the inaugural conference in 2012, and it has since been held in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda. The theme for this year’s event was “The Role of the Private Sector in Attaining the Healthcare Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)” with over 490 delegates registered from 26 countries to hear over 40 speakers. The State Minister of Health for General Duties, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi officially opened the conference and shared key statistics on the sector performance. During the Conference we were honored to hear thoughts from the US Ambassador to Uganda (Amb. Deborah Malac), together with World Bank Program Leader Human Development, Michele Gragnolati and Prof. Khama Rhogo, World Bank Lead Health Specialist & Health in Africa Initiative who both delivered the key note addresses. The conference was sponsored by International Finance Corporation – World Bank group, PharmAccess Foundation, USAID, Philips, PSI Kenya, General Electric and Africa Capacity Alliance. Exhibitors at the event were; AAPC, Philips, The Nairobi Hospital, Uganda Health Marketing Group, PACE, Access Mobile, Biolitec, Fanem, Sanugit Ltd, Smart Applications, Africa Health Business Symposium, International Hospital Kampala and Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau. Association of Private Health Facilities of Tanzania (APHFTA) will host the 6th EAHF Conference scheduled for 2017.

 

4TH EAHF CONFERENCE, KIGALI, RWANDA

The 4th EAHF conference was hosted by the Rwanda Healthcare Federation (RHF) in partnership with the Kenya Healthcare Federation, Uganda Healthcare Federation, Association of Private Health facilities in Tanzania in Kigali Rwanda from the 17th to the 19th of May with the theme ‘The Role of the Private Sector in Financial Sustainability of Healthcare Delivery Systems”.

It is notable that the conference is increasingly drawing delegates from throughout Africa and other continents. This is significantly boosted by the presence of the Federation in West Africa, spawning the establishment of the West Africa Healthcare Federation which, whilst still in its infancy, has set up secretariats in several Anglophone and Francophone countries. In Kigali 2015, over 25 countries were represented.

UHF secured funding and sponsorship for over 10 delegates representing both the private and the public sector. This impressive and sizeable delegation was actively involved throughout the conference sitting on panels, moderating sessions and giving presentations. Some also sponsored the event and were exhibitors. Delegates from Uganda included; the Minister of state for Health, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, CEO of Insurance Regulatory Authority, Mr. Hajji Kaddunabi, CEO of Cipla Quality chemicals, Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, Registrar of Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, Dr. Katumba Ssentongo, UHF board members and secretariat and also a wide range of self-sponsored UHF members and partners.

3RD EAHF CONFERENCE NAIROBI KENYA

The 3rd East Africa Healthcare Federation conference held in Nairobi Kenya with the theme ‘Creating Business Opportunities in Healthcare in East Africa’ was organized and hosted by the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) in partnership with Uganda Healthcare Federation, Association for Private Health facilities in Tanzania (APHTA) and Rwanda Healthcare Federation. The conference was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for health in Kenya Mr. James Macharia, in addition to distinguished guests from EA Ministries of Health included Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda Minister of health Uganda and Dr. Margaret Mhando-Ministry of Health Tanzania. The conference brought together over 650 participants drawn from the public and private sectors across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Over fifty speakers presented sessions on a broad range of issues facing the health sector. From Uganda UHF organized and delivered a well-represented cross cutting section of top delegates from both the private and public sectors. UHF secured funding and sponsorship for over 12 delegates from two donor agencies Private Health Support Program/USAID and International Finance Cooperation World Bank. The delegates who included the minister, plus top officials from his ministry together with KCCA (Kampala City Council Authority) were together with UHF board members, chairman, secretariat plus over 40 delegates representing a wide range of self-sponsored UHF members and partners.

PSFU BOARD MEMBER ELECTION AND REPRESENTATION

Subsequent to consultation and voting from members of UHF Dr Ian Clarke was nominated to be UHF candidate for a position on the board of Private Sector Foundation Uganda. PSFU is the apex body which represents all the private sector to government and sits on the East Africa Business Community. Organizations such as Uganda Manufacturer’s Association, Kacita, and Federation of Ugandan Employers are members of PSFU. UHF is a member, as the umbrella body representing the private health sector. The membership of the board of PSFU has four members from ‘ordinary upper category’, two from ‘ordinary lower’, two from large corporate organisations, and seven from the seven business sectors. The health sector is part of the sector which also includes – skills, education, health and professions. However there is only one representative from each of the seven sectors. Since UHF is also in the ‘ordinary lower category’ which has two representatives we were advised to stand in this category. The organizations in this category which were nominated included Kacita, Tea growers, Farmers and UHF. Dr. Ian Clarke was voted in, with the highest number of votes in this category, and has hence been elected onto the board of PSFU representing UHF.

ACCESS TO FINANCE CONFERENCE –DCA

On 25th February 2014 at Golf Course Hotel Kampala, Uganda Healthcare Federation sponsored by International Finance Cooperation – World Bank working in partnership with the USAID Uganda Private Health Support project put together the first conference in a series of many through the year show casing and presenting various pathways to accessing finance in this New Year 2014. Delegates from all across the private non-state health sector ranging from large hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, diagnostics, laboratories and non-state faith based health entities all contributed to the discussions of the conference.Amongst the presentations was the newly launched Development Credit Authority readily available at both Eco Bank and Centenary bank. Officials from both banks set up emergency clinics to assess funding viability and follow on appointments to see that the private health sector accesses funding and continues to flourish nationally, with a rural reach impact.

It was an interactive session with plenty of opportunity to network directly with the speakers and address those most pertinent issues or questions. Tips on how to gain successful financing were presented and level of technical support the private health sector can continue to access through Uganda Healthcare Federation in partnership with donor agencies and the banks that will be providing the lending facility.