Uganda has a population of 38 million people of which 89 percent is rural. Under 5 mortality rate is 69% (2012) with the major causes being Malaria, Diarrhea and Pneumonia. Access and availability of therapeutics for Malaria, Diarrhea and Pneumonia is key. Awareness campaigns have been used in attempt to increase availability of these therapeutics.
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Uganda ran an educational intervention in 2015 across more than 7000 drug shops and pharmacies throughout the country. The intervention consisted of informing drug-shops and pharmacies about Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Zinc (used to treat diarrhea) and recording their counts. PhD Candidate Biplab Bhattacharya in partnership with UB and CHAI colleagues have explored and analyzed the data collected from this survey.
Felix Lam and Shreya Agrawal