SUSTAIN is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC) in partnership with sub-contractors: 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). Past sub-contractors (ending in 2014) included: Health Research Inc. (HRI), and Initiatives, Inc. A wide range of stakeholders are instrumental to the SUSTAIN project implementation including the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH), National Medical Stores (MNS), Joint Medical Stores (JMS), hospital leadership, clinical staff, expert clients and volunteers, local and international partner organizations, and other implementing partners.
SUSTAIN recognizes that partnership is of utmost importance in leveraging and increasing resources, building capacity and achieving meaningful health and social changes in Uganda.
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
Founded in 1965, University Research Co., LLC (URC), the lead implementer on the SUSTAIN project, is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With its non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages health care and social welfare projects in over 40 countries. URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide.
Internationally, URC is engaged in improving access to and quality of maternal, newborn, and child health services; addressing infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; and improving reproductive health and family planning services. In the United States, URC focuses on improving communications related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching under-served populations.
URC focuses on finding ways to deliver proven approaches to health care problems, applying quality improvement (QI) methods, and conducting research and evaluation to tailor those approaches to various settings. Recognizing implementation barriers unique to each setting, URC trains local managers and service providers to strengthen health systems, integrate system elements, and bring improvements to scale. URC also specializes in designing health messages and materials to educate target audiences about improving health behaviors.
To find out more about URC, see the URC website at www.urc-chs.com.
Current Project Partners
Integrated Community Based Initiatives (ICOBI) is an indigenous NGO founded in 1994 that supports health and community development in Uganda. ICOBI supports USAID/SUSTAIN by engaging communities and improving referral networks between facilities and communities, helping to build a continuum of care for people living with HIV or AIDS.
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) was initiated as a small support group for people living with HIV or AIDS in 1987 and has evolved to a Ugandan non-governmental organization (NGO) with eleven service centers and four regional offices. TASO previously contributed to the USAID/SUSTAIN project between 2010 and 2014 by supporting the provision of clinical care and providing technical assistance for clinical service providers through mentorship and training. TASO also facilitated linkages between networks of care for PLHA. TASO is now supporting USAID/SUSTAIN in scaling up voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services in the districts of: Agago, Apac, Amolatar, Gulu, Kitgum, and Nwoya using, using a peer-led and community engagement approach.
Established in 1955, the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) serves as the Roman Catholic Church’s health office. Their technical focus includes: human resource management, information management, quality and patient safety, training of health institution, financial management, public-private partnership management, pastoral care of the sick, organizational management and development, and management of AIDS care and treatment programs. UCMB supports USAID/SUSTAIN in management of human resources for health to ensure that high quality health workers are attracted, recruited, and maintained in various health facilities to improve access to quality comprehensive HIV services within these centers.
Children’s Chance International (CCI) was started in 2008 as a non-profit organization with its headquarters based in Lira, Uganda. CCI’s vision is to: empower women, youth, orphans, and disabled persons in the post-conflict region of northern Uganda. To realize the vision, CCI provides: life skills training, livelihood support, and provision of educational opportunities to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS, poverty, and conflict. CCI supports SUSTAIN in mobilizing VMMC activities in seven districts.
ACLAIM Africa Limited was incorporated in 1995 in Uganda as a multidisciplinary consultancy firm that is driven by a mission to provide high quality consultancy services for: institutional capacity development, increased effectiveness, and competitiveness and growth, to bring about positive change in social and economic outcomes. The company supports public institutions, private sector organizations and civil societies. As a multidisciplinary consultancy and training firm, ACLAIM Africa supports: organizational development and capacity building, human resource development, grant and financial management consultancy, project management, among other tailored made capacity building activities. In collaboration with USAD/SUSTAIN, ACLAIM Africa will support human resources for health at public/GOU health facilities.
The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) is a Christian national umbrella organization for Anglican, Adventist, and Pentecostal church-founded member health facilities. UPMB originated in 1957 to serve as a liaison between the government of Uganda, donors and member health facilities. As a partner of USAID/SUSTAIN, UPMB supports health care workers seconded to supported private not for profit hospitals and health facilities.
The Uganda Muslim Medical Bureau (UMMB) is an umbrella body that coordinates the work of affiliated institutions and facilitates collaboration with its partner organizations. UMMB was incorporated as a faith based non-governmental organization in 2002. In partnership with USAID/SUSTAIN, the UMMB supports health care workers seconded to supported private not for profit hospitals and health facilities through provision of skill-building trainings and supportive supervision.
AIDS Information Centre (AIC) has been in existence and working in HIV programming since 1990. It was the first HIV counselling and testing (HCT) center in Uganda and now contributing the biggest proportion of HCT services as a private service provider. AIC has eight regional service centers located in the biggest urban centers in Uganda including: Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Arua, Mbarara, and Kabale. AIC supports SUSTAIN in mobilizing and sensitizing communities to mitigate underlying socio- economic, religious and structural hindrances to the uptake of VMMC and create demand for VMMC in Alebtong, Kole, and Lira districts.
Past Project Partners
Health Research, Inc. (HRI) is a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with the New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) AIDS Institute. HRI manages the HealthQual International program, which aims to improve health systems by creating sustainable, self-sufficient quality management programs. HRI/HealthQual International provided support for laboratory quality improvement and management for quality activities implemented by SUSTAIN between 2010 and 2014.
Initiatives Inc., a Boston-based firm, provides technical support to governments, NGOs,and intergovernmental organizations to offer practical approaches to improving primary healthcare systems, scaling-up HIV/AIDS initiatives, building better reproductive health and family planning programs, initiating innovative safer motherhood programs, and strengthening child health initiatives. Specializing in human resources development, Initiatives Inc. supported the implementation of USAID/SUSTAIN’s human resources for health strengthening activities between 2010 and 2014.