Who we are & what we do
Headquarters & Geographic Scope
Approach & strategy
GHN(U) was founded in November 2008 by a network of international researchers and activists. It began as a global health think-tank in the UK, and in 2010 was registered in Uganda as a charitable organization affiliated/member of Triangle Global Health Consortium-US; dedicated to a shared vision and goal: to promote, protect, and preserve the health of all Ugandans through leadership, partnership, innovation and concerted action in primary health care delivery.
GHN(U) has its roots deep in the most vulnerable populations in Uganda, and owes its genesis to the many health researchers and activists who have been concerned by the growing inequities in health over the last 25 years. GHN (U) believes that the best way to achieve health for all is through community-based innovations that enhance local capacity to prevent disease, as well as through the strengthening of local governance to ensure sustainability.
GHN(U) is headquartered in the Oyam district with a liaison office at Makerere University in Kampala, and has a mandate to operate in 5 districts (Oyam, Kole, Alebtong, Otuke and Dokolo). However, the organization plans to expand its program to the rest of the country as soon as possible, especially for districts that continue to struggle with negative health outcomes.
GHN(U) works with rural communities and stakeholders to achieve ‘health for all’. Communities are the primary target of any development initiative, and our organization will collaborate with local government agencies, local and international organizations/NGOs, donor agencies, and the private sector to build on the synergies that exist, maximize utilization of limited resources, and improve health outcomes.
GHN(U)’s technical program focuses on ten major health areas:
- Social and behavioral change
- Reproductive health
- Healthcare services
- Water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Growth monitoring
- Nutrition support
- Immunization and treatment
- Malaria prevention, control, and treatment
- Program leadership, partnership, and coordination
- Monitoring and evaluation
GHN(U) also leverages its close relationship with Makerere University and Gulu University in order to conduct scientific research projects in areas of health and environment.
Our staff has extensive research experience, and works with a variety of partners to build evidence in support of effective public health programs.