Celebrating Seven Years of Partnership Combatting HIV in Uganda

Since 2010, the Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) Project has supported the Uganda Ministry of Health strengthen sustainable and innovative approaches for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) service delivery at selected public healthcare facilities. The project has achieved impressive results in HIV prevention, care, and treatment, including (as of September 2017):

  • HIV testing and counseling services provided to more than 2 million people
  • 94% (2017) of HIV-positive clients linked to care (an increase from 42% in 2013)
  • More than 350,000 pregnant women tested for HIV – close to 97% of pregnant women who attended the antenatal clinic
  • Voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC) services provided to more than 200,000 men
  • 99% of HIV-positive clients initiated onto anti-retroviral treatment (ART)
  • ART provided to more than 50,000 adults and children

To celebrate these successes, SUSTAIN hosted a transition and learning event in Kampala on October 11, 2017. Attended by key representatives from the Ministry of Health, USAID, and implementing partners, the high-profile event symbolized the official handover of fifteen SUSTAIN-supported health facilities to new implementing partners according to a recent geographical reorganization by USAID/Uganda.

To transfer the knowledge the project gained over the past seven years of implementation, and to guide future interventions to improve HIV service delivery in Uganda, the project developed a series of publications to share with stakeholders.

SUSTAIN will now focus its efforts in the Lango and Acholi Sub-regions in Northern Uganda where it will work with 16 districts previously supported by the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project.

Links to some of the publications shared at the event:

  • Quality Improvement Change Packages: Synthesis of the most robust and effective quality improvement interventions to improve tuberculosis care, VMMC services, supply chain management, continuous quality improvement approaches, prevention of mother-to-child transmission services, nutrition services, monitoring and evaluation, laboratory services, HIV care and treatment, and adolescent friendly services in SUSTAIN-supported hospitals in Uganda
  • Best Practices Handbook Series: Documentation of SUSTAIN’s experience in elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT), health management information systems, HIV care and treatment, HIV testing services, human resources for health, laboratory services, nutrition, supply chain management, TB/HIV, VMMC service delivery over the last seven years to facilitate learning about what actions do and do not work among implementers so that they can replicate best practices


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US awards 17 hospitals for AIDS care and services
(New Vision, November 8, 2017)


Gladys Tugume, SUSTAIN’s Chief of Party shaking hands with Colette Marcellin, Deputy Chief of Mission, Representative of the US Ambassador to Uganda
Gladys Tugume, SUSTAIN’s Chief of Party shaking hands with Colette Marcellin, Deputy Chief of Mission, Representative of the US Ambassador to Uganda
November 07, 2017
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