Although Uganda was devastated during the Idi Amin regime of the 1970s and the subsequent civil strife, the economy has made significant strides as a result of economic reforms and improved political stability beginning in the mid-1980s. The improved political environment has finally allowed the government to focus its attention on one of the country's most crippling economic and social challenges: AIDS. With actions that involved many sectors of society — community leaders, traditional healers, religious groups, NGOs — as well as international donors, HIV prevalence has declined. Today, Uganda's approach to HIV/AIDS is widely regarded as a model for how other African states can fight the epidemic. Despite this progress, the country's health care system is under extreme strain due to HIV/AIDS. AIDS has orphaned about 2 million Ugandan children and the cost of the epidemic continues to devastate Ugandan families. Through a range of assistance and programming, MSH has collaborated with Uganda for over a decade to strengthen the national health system to better equip the country to combat HIV/AIDS and other critical health concerns.