The Health Initiatives for the Private Sector (HIPS) Project

Category 2

Health Initiatives for the Private Sector (HIPS), a USAID-funded project, partners with private companies to design and implement comprehensive health workplace programs in the area of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB),Malaria, Reproductive Health and Family Planning(RH/FP). HIPS aids company clinics in becoming accredited by the Ministry of Health, at which point they can access donor-funded "free" ARVs. The companies cover the costs associated with running the clinic, including staff salaries and medications. Once a clinic is established, services can be expanded to the surrounding community at a nominal added cost. Because each clinic differs in its capacity to implement a comprehensive program, EMG provides companies with a range of services to choose from, helping companies tailor their program to their capabilities and budget. This project is expanding access to PLHA by helping businesses to open their services to community members. Finally, HIPS offers grants to companies that use their training, education, and clinical capabilities to expand access to orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in their communities.

Goal of the Practice
  • Expand access to and utilization of health services in the private sector
  • Strengthen private sector employer organizations to support health initiatives
  • Implement innovative approaches to support orphans and vulnerable children through the private sector
Core Components
  • Workplace policy development: advise companies on developing HIV/AIDS and TB policies
  • Peer educator training: Train the trainers, training employees, support staff and community members to share health information
  • Health fairs and VCT: Community entertainment days with VCT, and assistance with community outreach and provision of test kits
  • Provision of health communication materials and low-cost health commodities: Provide companies with handbooks, job aids, brochures, posters, banners, leaflets, charts, flyers, DVDs, cassettes, screensavers, treated mosquito nets, moon beads, water purifiers, condoms, oral rehydration salts and contraceptives
  • Private clinics MOH accreditation: collaborate with ministry of health to accredit private health providers so they can receive drugs. Also help clinics establish referral links and access to free ARVs/TB drugs/IPT2 for malaria: Linkages, training and technical assistance for provision of free MOH ARVs and TB drugs
Noteworthy Results
  • Thirty accredited partner clinics: These clinics have qualified to access free ARVs from the MOH
  • 11,441 people received VCT (target of 2,500)
  • Under the education-entertainment platform, Good Life at Work, over 1500 peer educators have been trained, 23 health fairs conducted and over 170,000 people reached with prevention messages on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and RH/FP
  • Capacity building: For example, HIPS, in partnership with UHMG, has built the RH/FP capacity of 23 partner facilities through the provision of reproductive health skills to health providers, subsidization of FP commodities and conducting 97 RH/FP community outreaches. Also, the HIPS team has significantly built the capacity of FUE and UMA to increasingly take responsibility for project-initiated activities. FUE and UMA have begun offering peer education trainings and outreach events in HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and RH to their member companies
  • HIPS has signed three grant agreements with Nile Breweries Ltd, Kakira Sugar Works (KORD) and Cornerstone Development limited to implement OVC programs among company catchment areas and supply chains. HIPS investment of $59,000 leveraged over $67,000 of company resources
Lessons Learned
  • Engage large companies in order to reach more people, and don't overlook a company that employs relatively few peolpe, but has an expansive supply chain. Pushing services down through a company's supply chain can be a successful strategy.
  • Involve district health teams in the areas in which the program is implemented, and cultivate strong relationships with them. District health providers can provide referral points and sometimes act as gatekeepers for health commodities. Public-private partnerships will benefit from strengthening relationships with district health teams.
Focus Areas
Private Sector
Implemented By
Emerging Markets Group
Participating Organization
  • Global Fund
  • AIDS Commission
  • Uganda Health Marketing Group
  • Federation of Uganda Employers
  • Uganda Manufacturers Association
Target Population
  • Adults (over 18)
  • Workforce
> 50000
Implementation Years
01/2007 - ongoing