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Over 60 good life clinics closed as USAID withdraws funding

Trained medical personnel attend to a patient at a medical facility. USAID withdrew funding of UHMG under the SMA program (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Thousands of Ugandans who have benefiting from services offered by the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) face a bleak future after the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) withdrew funding to the organization over poor accountability.

UHMG has been running the Social Marketing Activity (SMA), a Shs80 billion four-year project supported by USAID to reduce new HIV infections, total fertility, maternal and child mortality, malnutrition and mortality due to malaria among women and men in 66 districts.

Mr Phil Dimon, the US Embassy spokesperson engages participants at training organised by Peace Corps and US Embassy Uganda. He confirmed the termination of the contract with UHMG (FILE PHOTO)

However, the project has been closed 13 months before its due September 2019 date over fraudulent activities.

When contacted, Mr Moses Sendijja, the SMA regional programme coordinator, could neither deny nor confirm the development.

However, Mr Phil Dimon, the US Embassy spokesperson, on Tuesday confirmed to Daily Monitor, a local newspaper, about the termination of the contract.

A clinic in the outskirts of Mukono town. Several clinics have closed following the scrapping of the USAID funding as a result of accountability inconsistencies (FILE PHOTO)

“USAID/Uganda terminated its cooperative agreement to UHMG for failure to comply with the terms of the agreement including fraud reporting. The US government takes any allegation of corruption seriously and has no tolerance for malfeasance,” Mr Dimon’s email to Daily Monitor reads in part.

Some of the affected UHMG staff revealed to this website that over 60 good life clinics across the country were closed in May while all activities of the project ended in the same month.

The withdrawal of funding by USAID, means that a majority of the beneficiaries will now go back to the public facilities that are normally affected by shortage of drugs and supplies.

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