Since the 1990s, Uganda has been struggling with HIV and AIDS. At the peak of the epidemic, 18.5% % of people in Uganda were living with HIV. The government’s policies have helped bring adult HIV prevalence down over time, but to this day only about 58% of all HIV positive people in need of antiretroviral treatment are receiving it. Success in the fight against AIDS remains in jeopardy as long as ART isn’t accessible to everyone who requires it.
- Population: 33.6 million
- People living with HIV: 1.2 million
- People receiving ART’s: 290,971(Uganda Global AIDS Response report Uganda 2012)
- Treatment sites: 23
AHF in Uganda
AHF and the Ugandan Ministry of Health partnered to open the first Uganda Cares clinic in February, 2002 in Masaka. Through this clinic, ART was provided outside Kampala, the capital city, for the first time. The project was identified by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS as a best practice model for ART in 2003. Because of intensive support and follow-up by community-based organizations, 98% of patients adhere to their treatment regimens.
Currently Uganda Cares provides services, including free antiretroviral therapy, across the country. In addition, Uganda Cares conducts regular HIV testing events, identifying thousands of positive people and referring them to care. Our innovative rapid testing model streamlines the process by counseling clients in groups and using a one-minute test. We also promote condom use and distribute condoms to prevent the virus from spreading. Uganda Cares also provides Socio-economic empowerment to the clients in care on Antri-Retroviral Therapy.
Statistics from UNAIDS.org, 2012, unless otherwise stated.
AHF Services in Uganda
Uganda Cares is one of the country’s largest providers of AIDS treatment, prevention and support services. The program has been identified by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS as a best practice model for antiretroviral treatment. In addition to antiretroviral drugs, we provide CD4 testing and lab monitoring, treatment for opportunistic infections and social support. We also provide infrastructural development and support to the treatment sites as well as capacity building to the government supported sites.
Each site offers HIV testing. All services are free of charge.
AHF Africa Bureau Secretariat
Dr. Penninah Iutung Africa Bureau Chief
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Plot 54B Kira road, Kamwokya.
P.O Box 22914
Office: + 256 204 400 100
Fax: + 256 414 236 733
Treatment sites for Uganda Cares – 23
9. St. Balikudembe