In May 2001, Uganda became the first country to benefit from a Poverty Reduction Support Credit, a new approach to World Bank lending aimed at improving the delivery of basic social services. A year later, noticeable strides have been made in improving the quality of education, health care, and water and sanitation services. Having struggled in recent years to recruit teachers, the Ugandan government now is adding 1,000 teachers to the payroll each month. New health care reforms, such as greater advocacy of contraception, have helped to reduce the number of people infected with HIV. The rate of tuberculosis infection is also decreasing.
Water availability has steadily improved both in rural and urban areas. In the past two years, 1.5 million rural people have been provided with access to water, under one of the largest rural water and sanitation programs in Africa. Also, more than 6,000 new water connections a year have been recorded in 12 major towns, many of which are home to Uganda’s poor families.
Updated: September 2002