The Health Monitoring Unit (HMU) formerly called Medicine and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit has been in existance since 2009 under the Office of the Presidency.
It was set-up to among other things to serve these objectives;
a) To monitor and support the health care system in Uganda
b) To strengthen the health sector and make it more responsive, accessible, of quality and more affordable to Ugandans
c) To improve citizen’s owbership of the health care system.
Since it’s formation in 2009, the unit has had a number of achievements and it can argued that it was most publically visible during the tenure of it’s former head, Dr Atwiine Diana, who has since been appointed permanent secretary of the MoH.
Some of the unit’s achievements were highlighted in an article by it’s current director Dr Jackson Ojera Abusu.
1) Recovery of stolen and embezzled funds worth shs15,862,457,254. Hard cash amounting to shs3,000,000,000 that the Unit’s director says was remitted to the consolidated fund account.
2) Monitoring of the registration process of households during the distribution campaign for Insecticide treated mosquito nets. 22,348,728 nets were distributed in total.
As part of this process, the unit participated in the arrest of nets stolen by mostly sub-county supervisors.
3) Training of health unit management committee members and supervisors in 32 districts including but not limited to West Nile, Acholi, Lango and Karamoja sub-regions.
4) Recovery of GAVI funds in the FY2016/17 of shs846,396,203 that had allegedly been unaccounted for. Also recovering another shs13,266,848,127 meant for polio and measles vaccination programmes.
5) Recovery of Baylor funds that were unaccounted for in the Teso region.
6) Investigations and legal actions. The Unit says it has registered 610 cases of which 42 were convicted, 14 were accquitted, 42 were dismissed, 36 were handled administratively and 36 cases were still pending.
7) Payroll interventions. HMU says it’s enabled 7586 workers access their full remuneration on the payroll and has followed-up 50 staff of Mbarara regional referral hospital.
8) It has also participated in a study on the effectiveness of biometric systems in 2016/17. Biometric systems have thus far been installed in Nauguru RRH, Iganda Hospital, Luweero HCIII, Mukono HCIV that has seen health workers attendance increase, with more deliveries and surgeries carriedout.
9) Recovery of 11 stolen hospital beds worth shs18,700,000 that belonged to Mulago Hospital. Hospital beds worth shs19,250,000 for Kayungs district were also recovered.