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World AIDS Day 2015 Snapshot: USAID | SUSTAIN project
August 20, 2015. It is 8:00 am at the Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda and there are already about 30 or 40 patients in a temporary tent outside of the HIV clinic waiting for their appointment. The hospital has more than 8,000 HIV patients enrolled in care; on most clinic days this tent is full all day.
URC, through the USAID-funded Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) project, is helping the Fort Portal hospital to increase the number of HIV patients enrolled in care by improving HIV testing and counseling (HCT), HIV care and treatment, and prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) services provided by the hospital. The project also works to improve and scale-up voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).
SUSTAIN supports 18 health facilities across Uganda to strengthen the HIV/AIDS care, treatment, and prevention systems to identify and enroll HIV positive persons in care and to prevent HIV transmission. From October 1st 2014 to September 30 2015, SUSTAIN supported HIV care and treatment services to 60,471 clients; 449,603 individuals (61.7% females) were tested, counseled and given their HIV test results; 18,704 men received VMMC services; 19,083 clients were tested for HIV and received results under VMMC settings; and 4,066 (91.0%) of the total HIV-positive women identified in maternal and child health (MCH) settings received anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
SUSTAIN, which is in its sixth year of project implementation, uses a quality improvement approach and technical mentorships to improve service delivery, lab systems, supply chain management systems, health information systems, and human resources for health. The project works closely with the Uganda Ministry of Health to ensure sustainability and stewardship of HIV service delivery. More information about the USAID | SUSTAIN Project in Uganda can be found on the SUSTAIN website at: http://www.sustainuganda.org/
December 01, 2015