The Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and supports the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen sustainable and innovative approaches for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) service delivery at selected public healthcare facilities.
Project Duration: Five years (June 2010-June 2015)
Extension Period: 38 months (July 2015-September 2018)
The project was extended to September 30, 2018. This extension increases the geographic coverage of voluntary medical male circumcision and human resources for health activities.
SUSTAIN Project Objectives:
The USAID/SUSTAIN project aims to support the government of Uganda efforts to build and maintain an effective, sustainable health system to improve health outcomes, particularly for those vulnerable to and infected with HIV. The primary objectives are for:
- The Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) to scale-up prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as HIV biomedical interventions for infection prevention within selected public regional referral hospitals (RRHs) and one general hospital (GH);
- Provision of HIV care and treatment, laboratory, and tuberculosis (TB/HIV) services within selected public RRHs and one GH;
- Selected public facilities to enhance the quality of PMTCT, VMMC, HIV care and treatment, laboratory, and TB/HIV services; and
- Stewardship by the MOH to provide sustainable quality HIV prevention, care and treatment, laboratory, and TB/HIV services at project-supported healthcare facilities.
Currently, the project scope includes support to 17 public health facilities (11 Regional Referral and 3 General Hospitals, 2 health center IV's and 1 private not-for profit hospital) from the initial 34 as a result of transitioning out some to other implementing partners. In 2017, the USAID/SUSTAIN project was tasked to manage human resources for health (HRH) and voluntary medical male circumcision services (VMMC), which were previously supported by the USAID-funded Strengthening Decentralization Sustainability (SDS) Program. The HRH staff seconded to both public and private not for profit (PNFP) health facilities are spread over 70 districts in Uganda while VMMC activities are now being conducted in an additional 39 districts in Northern Uganda.
Implementer: University Research Co. LLC
Current Partners: Integrated Community Based Initiatives (ICOBI), The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB), , Child Chance International (CCI), ACLAIM Africa, Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB), Uganda Muslim Medical Bureau (UMMB), and AIDS Information Centre (AIC).