Estimating the Effects of COVID-19 on Health Service Utilization in Uganda


Using information available through routine health information systems, Data for Impact (D4I) assessed the effects of COVID-19 on health service use in Uganda more than a year into the pandemic. The study examined national usage patterns for selected health services, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We used data from the pre-pandemic period to develop models to replicate the trajectories of total and average health service utilization over time. These models were then used to estimate what health service utilization would have been in the absence of COVID-19 during the full year and 3 months of the pandemic (from March 2020 to May 2021). This brief shares more.