Uganda

The East African country of Uganda, with a population of 24.7 million, has an HIV seroprevalence rate of 6.7 percent. An estimated 850,000 people are HIV-infected. AIDS also has orphaned an estimated one million Ugandan children.

In 2003, ICAP’s MTCT-Plus Initiative began supporting family-focused, multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs at St. Francis and Mulago Hospitals in Uganda. ICAP-supported programs at these facilities focus on identifying HIV-infected women through prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV programs and enrolling them into care and treatment, including antiretroviral therapy. ICAP also supports:

  • HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, including provision of antiretroviral therapy;
  • Integrated tuberculosis/HIV care and treatment;
  • Rapid HIV testing for adults and children;
  • Diagnostic testing/analysis, including Dried Blood Spot DNA PCR testing for infants;
  • Training programs for all cadres of healthcare providers of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment;
  • Community outreach;
  • HIV support groups, including medication and treatment adherence;
  • Peer education programs;
  • Social services/social support;
  • Nutrition support;
  • Referral services;
  • Home-based/community-based visits;
  • Development and implementation of patient-information systems;
  • Pharmacy services;
  • Laboratory support;
  • Targeted evaluations.