URC 2014 Photography Contest Winner - Bernadeta Nagita

Bernadeta Nagita, Executive/Communications Assistant for the Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) Project in Uganda, submitted the winning photo in the "Closer Look" category of URC's 2014 Photography Contest. The photograph captures a joyful moment as a couple and their baby attend a drama event at the Lira Regional Referral Hospital in 2014. The event, which encouraged parents to protect their babies from HIV, took place as part of the launch of SUSTAIN Project's "Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV" campaign.

Through the USAID-funded SUSTAIN Project, URC works closely with the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) to support the delivery of HIV and AIDS care and treatment services; enhance quality of care; and enable increased stewardship by the MOH and various hospitals to sustain service delivery.

The project supports comprehensive coverage of HIV/AIDS care and treatment services at selected Regional Referral and General Hospitals throughout the country. These services include a basic care package, antiretroviral therapy, the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, management of TB and HIV co-infection, laboratory services, HIV counseling and testing, and safe, medical male circumcision. In addition to the 16 hospitals receiving support for these services, SUSTAIN supports selected services at two regional referral hospitals and laboratory services at four health care facilities in the Karamoja region.

Hospital staff work closely with patients and their families to provide the best care possible, even in the most challenging circumstances. At the Lira Regional Referral Hospital, one mother tells of her experience when she learned she was pregnant and HIV positive:  "The HIV results changed so many things in my life, but not my intent to see my unborn baby grow free of the virus," she said. A nurse at Lira RRH encouraged her to enroll in a program for PMTCT of HIV as a critical step towards a virus-free baby. "I did not know that I could actually have an HIV-negative child," the mother admitted.

Congratulations to Bernadeta and the SUSTAIN team for their great work!

November 20, 2014
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