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Global Fund Donates US Dollars $4,452,206 to support Uganda’s Emergency Response to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The US Dollars $4,452,206 was re-allocated from the HIV grant from the savings on the Procurement Costs incurred on health commodities in Uganda’s current HIV Grant (UGA-H-MoFPED). This support from the Global Fund was used to support the following Covid-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan interventions:

Procurement of the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) totaling US Dollars $2,843,522. These PPE items were procured from the Joint Medical Stores (JMS) and are currently being distributed to all the 135 districts in Uganda and the 21 Referral Hospitals (including the 16 Regional Referral Hospitals).

Procurement of Test Kits & Reagents for Covid-19 totaling US Dollars $1,003,698 – the order for these is being processed through the Global Fund (GF) Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM). These test kits shall be used to strengthen COVID-19 testing in Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs) using the GeneXpert platform/equipment currently used for TB diagnosis.  

Procurement of Sample Collection Materials/Tubes totaling US Dollars $604,986 – the procurement process sample collection materials was not progressed. The US Dollars $604,986 shall be re-allocated to the Procurement of more GeneXpert cartridges through the Global Fund Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM).  

The Ministry of Health also received 15,000 (out of the 28,000 Covid-19 test kits) Xpert-Xpress SARs COV-2 test that were ordered through the Global Fund Secretariat.  Uganda is the first Global Fund Recipient Country to receive these test kits procured by the Pooled Procurement Mechanism (PPM) of the Global Fund. The procurement was heavily expedited and took a short time.

The test kits were delivered to the National Medical Stores (NMS) and will be distributed to support the COVID -19 testing interventions at Border Points which include;  Malaba, Busia,Mutukula, Mirama Hills, Mpondwe and Elegu. 

Attached is the detailed list of PPE items that were procured by the Ministry of Health (MoH), with the approved Global Fund grant flexibility support (i.e. US Dollars $ 4,452,206) towards Uganda’s Covid-19 Emergency Response. Please note that Joint Medical Stores (JMS) indicated the non-availability of the N95 masks (as the U.S.A has booked all available stock including the pipeline).

  1. List of Personal Protective Equipment procured
  2. Distribution List to Hospitals