Investing in processes to improve retention of HIV-positive clients in care: Experience from Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

Resource type: 
Publications
Publication date: 
January 2015
Published by: 
USAID/SUSTAIN
Sequence number: 
38
Investing in processes to improve retention of HIV-positive clients in care
Despite the growing availability of HIV care and treatment services in Uganda, significant barriers to retention (continuous engagement of HIV-positive clients in appropriate medical care) continue to affect client treatment outcomes. Since 2010, healthcare facilities supported by the USAID Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) project have been battling to improve retention of clients in care. Clients default on treatment regularly due to various reasons, such as lack of transport,
unplanned travels (common for business men and women), failure to disclose sera status to a partner and sickness.