URC supports countries to develop HIV programs that focus on creating better health outcomes for underserved and vulnerable populations. We apply methods that are locally adapted and country led to improve health care systems. We work with local health care providers, community leaders, patient advocates, and government officials to identify gaps, then develop and scale up best practices to achieve sustainable improvements. 

Our programs are designed to advance the US Global Health Initiative (GHI) objective of creating an AIDS-free generation. Our approach to HIV/AIDS programs is closely aligned with GHI’s principles of health system strengthening in order to increase sustainability, strategic coordination and integration of services, gender-sensitive programming, and country leadership and ownership. We employ a systems approach, using data-driven quality improvement (QI) methods adapted to low-resource settings to identify and address gaps in health services. We emphasize establishing effective processes to maximize the return on material and human resource investments. Our work to end HIV and AIDS focuses on strengthening health and community systems and improving the quality of services, including:

  • Prevention: Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC), Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT)
  • Diagnosis: HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), Laboratory Strengthening,
  • Treatment: Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART), Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment, Tuberculosis and TB/HIV Co-infection
  • Counseling and Support: Nutritional Assessment and Counseling Support (NACS),  Community-Facility Linkages, Psychosocial Support

To read more about URC's work in HIV and AIDS, please read HIV/AIDS Technical Brief.

At the Lira Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda, a drama event encourages parents to protect their babies from HIV (2014)