Engaging males in reproductive health, including Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Despite the positive attitudes of men about preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, their engagement in HIV care and treatment remains low[1]. In part, this is due to the long-held cultural view that reproductive health is a women’s issue. In Uganda, men often perceive antenatal clinics as spaces for women and reproductive healthcare as a career for women.

Establishing mother-baby care points: A strategy to increase retention of HIV-infected pregnant and lactating mothers and their infants into care

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) consists of more than simply giving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) to an HIV-positive mother. It calls for an appropriate treatment and care plan to ensure adherence on medication for mothers living with HIV.

Tuberculosis (TB) is curable and Drug-Resistant TB, treatable: Godfrey shares his story

According to World Health Organization’s Global Drug-resistant TB Initiative, ‘Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), particularly multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), represent significant threats to global TB control efforts and a major public health concern in several countries.

Managing HIV stigma: Counselling helps change Alice’s life

Since the early years of the HIV epidemic, stigma has been a major barrier to successful HIV prevention, care and treatment. Early in the epidemic’s history, the late Jonathan Mann, former head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Program on AIDS, identified stigma as the “third epidemic”, following the accelerating spread of HIV infection and the rise in AIDS cases.

Impact of a Biomedical Engineering Technician at Gulu Regional Medical Equipment Workshop

An Anesthetic machine now in use at Gulu RRH after its repair by the biomedical engineering technicianAt Gulu RRH, Rachael Musasizi, a biomedical engineering technician was recruited in August 2013 with assistance from USAID SUSTAIN project. By November 2013, Racheal had demonstrated leadership in repairing broken equipment, servicing and training staff on the proper use and maintenance of available medical equipment.

I am grateful because I see most equipment coming to life. Rachael has gone as far as repairing theatre beds, lights, computers, anesthetic machines and equipment which was dormant,” said Sister Margaret Odokonyero – Senior Principal Nursing Officer, Gulu RRH.


An Anesthetic machine now in use at Gulu RRH after its repair by the biomedical engineering technician




Catherine celebrates an HIV free baby

Catherine, age 36, is a loving mother of four who has been married for twelve years.  She and her husband planned to have another child, but, in May 2011 she became sickly and suffered frequent fevers. This prompted her to seek medical care at Kwera Health Centre III, where she presented with severe headache, swollen limbs, and a poor appetite. Catherine was referred to Lira Regional Referral Hospital (RRH) for proper medical care.

Ensuring Quality in Provision of Laboratory Services

September 25, 2013

Interview with Principal Laboratory Technologist - Arua RRH

"Stop TB In My Lifetime": SUSTAIN Commemorates World Tuberculosis Day in Masaka District


a lab tech at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital examines sputum samples on World TB DayA lab tech at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital examines sputum samples 

The USAID-funded SUSTAIN project participated  in this year’s World Tuberculosis (TB) Day National commemorative event.   The theme for this year’s event was “Call for a World Free of TB” and used the promotional slogan “Stop TB in my Lifetime”.

During the one-day event held in the Masaka District of Central Uganda, SUSTAIN showcased their TB prevention interventions currently under way in 16 hospitals countrywide. Three staff from SUSTAIN-supported hospitals that were previously recognized for their exemplary leadership for TB care were invited to participate in the event. 

A poster highlighting their work in Mubende, Lira and Mbale Regional Referral Hospitals (RRH) was displayed and they were introduced to the Ministry of Health Leadership. The project also facilitated health workers from Masaka RRH to exhibit their work and to conduct TB screening and testing activities. 

How can we create a culture of continuous improvement in HIV service delivery?

Have you ever thought about what it would take to improve the quality of HIV services at your hospital? Is it possible that teamwork, focusing on the client, using data, and making small changes in clinic processes can improve quality of care?

Did you celebrate World AIDS Day 2012?

Did you join the rest of the world to commemorate World AIDS DAY 2012? If you did, did you take a moment to reflect on and celebrate the great job that you and SUSTAIN are doing to give hope to those who had once lost it and are currently embracing positive living?

In the first two years of the SUSTAIN project, over 90% of HIV-infected pregnant women at SUSTAIN-supported hospitals received ARVs, and more than 90% of HIV-exposed infants received medication to prevent opportunistic infections. The number of HIV-infected pregnant women enrolled in care has risen from 49% to 71%.

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