Success Stories

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Addressing Myths About HIV Transmission to Prevent New Infections
Published: July 2018

Eleny Jasper is a 34-year-old fisherman based off Wansolo landing site in Apac district. He spends two weeks at a time at the landing site, in which he goes fishing daily and returns to land every evening to spend time with his serious girlfriend. As a break from fishing, Jasper takes a month off to go spend time at his home in Abapire village. But Jasper had a secret. He was living a double life. In Abapire village, he has a wife and five children. His wife does not know about his girlfriend nor does his girlfriend know about his family back home. Jasper has concurrent sexual partners, an HIV risk factor, and does not use condoms because:

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Intensive Adherence Counselling Gives Clients at Orum HC IV a Second Chance; Okwany’s Experience
Published: July 2018

Uganda adopted HIV viral load monitoring as the gold standard for measuring the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV positive clients.1 The main goal of ART is to achieve viral suppression, which is in line with the 3rd 90 of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy. Good adherence to ART is key for sustained HIV viral suppression, reduced risk of drug resistance, improved quality of life and survival as well as decreased risk of HIV transmission. Conversely, poor adherence is a major cause of treatment failure.

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Improving Retention of Mother Baby Pairs in Care: Experiences from Bring Back Our Baby Campaign
Published: July 2018

Akanyo Alice, a 25-year-old mother of four from Agago district, was scared to receive her son’s final HIV test results (the 18-month HIV rapid test). HIV rapid testing is the last phase in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) outcome cascade. Baby Paul had already
undergone his first and second deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase chain reaction (DNA PCR) tests which were both negative.

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Use of Lay Testers in Implementing Targeted HIV Testing at Lira Regional Referral Hospital
Published: July 2018

With the strategic shift to test and treat and striving to meet the 1st 90 (identification of 90% of HIV positives) of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, there was an apparent need to provide more targeted HIV testing at facilities to increase the number ofHIV positives identified, which would require more human resources to ensure testing coverage at all service delivery points. The need for additional human resources to conduct targeted HIV testing services (HTS) became evident during a mentorship visit at Lira Regional Referral Hospital (RRH), in which a meeting was held to review progress on delivery of HTS from the previous quarter to find and fix gaps and bottlenecks in service delivery.

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Use of Linkage Facilitators in Following-Up Clients in HIV Care
Published: July 2018

Left to support her daughter’s now 16-month-old triplets, is 45-year old Rose Awiiri, who is also caring for her five school aged children withhelp from her husband. Rose believes her 18-year-old daughter abandoned her husband and babies, from fear of becoming pregnant again when she discovered that multiple births were not uncommon in their lineage.

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Driving Change for Tuberculosis Screening Through Quality Improvement
Published: March 2018

When the USAID/SUSTAIN project started supporting Akokoro HC III in Oct 2017, they worked with the local council and Sub-County Representative, District Health Management Team (including the TB and Leprosy Supervisor), Beach Management Committee, and facility In-charge to discuss health service delivery including offering improved TB services at the facility. Building on the achievements of the USAID/ASSIST project, the district, local council and sub-county teams were re-activated to continue sensitizing the community; by organizing village meetings to discuss TB signs, symptoms and how the infection spreads.

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New Treatment Centers Close Gaps Between Diagnosis and Care for Patients with Multi-drug Resistant TB New Treatment Centers Close Gaps Between Diagnosis and Care for Patients with Multi-drug Resistant TB
Published: November 2016 By USAID/SUSTAIN

When the USAID Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (USAID/SUSTAIN) project started supporting the establishment of MDR- TB treatment centers at six hospitals in April 2013, health workers saw a sign of hope for their anxious patients. The treatment centers were strategically positioned to serve the populations in the Western, Central, Eastern and Northern regions.

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Engaging Youths in the Provision of Adolescent Friendly Healthcare Services Engaging Youths in the Provision of Adolescent Friendly Healthcare Services
Published: November 2016 By USAID/SUSTAIN

Adolescents make a window in programming that has been neglected for some time. Many times services are available for the children (pediatric services) and adults, but not for adolescents—a missed age bracket, between 10 and 19 years of age. The USAID-funded Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (USAID/SUSTAIN) project targets this age group, providing social services and empowering them to become actors for social change.

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Christine and her HIV-free children receive care at Moroto RRH Overcoming Adversity: Christine’s Story
Published: May, 2017

Christine is HIV positive; despite her status, she has delivered three negative babies. The community which had at one time labeled her a walking coffin, has now recognized her as one of their own upon realizing that the battle against HIV&AIDS can be won.

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One Nurse Makes a Difference at Lira Regional Referral Hospital One Nurse Makes a Difference at Lira Regional Referral Hospital-Early Infant Diagnosis Care Point
Published: November 2014 By USAID/SUSTAIN

Sister Dorothy has been instrumental in the set-up and management of the EID unit at the hospital since 2011. Her typical day is busy, given the setting—Lira is a public healthcare facility which serves as a referral site for all cases and clients from lower facilities.

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Improving Nutrition Assessment and Treatment at 13-supported Healthcare Facilities Improving Nutrition Assessment and Treatment at 13-supported Healthcare Facilities
Published: October 2014 By USAID/SUSTAIN
Uganda’s burden of malnutrition is currently estimated at 20-25% among adults initiated on anti-retroviral therapy (ART), 30-40% for HIV-infected children1, and 5% for children below 5 years2. Because malnutrition can impair healing, increase the possibility of infections and reduce one’s productivity if not managed, it remains a serious danger for people living with HIV/AIDS.
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Establishing mother-baby care points Establishing mother-baby care points: A strategy to increase retention of HIV-infected pregnant and lactating mothers and their infants in care
Published: October 2014 By USAID/SUSTAIN
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.
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Improving Client Appointment-keeping at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital Improving Client Appointment-keeping at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital (RRH)
Published: October 2014 By USAID/SUSTAIN
Effective HIV care requires clients to adhere to regular appointments for drug refills, clinical and laboratory, as well as ART adherence monitoring. But all too frequently, clients fail to observe their scheduled appointments, often due to the time, cost and inconvenience of travelling to and waiting at the clinic.
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Increasing demand for HTC in Gulu Meeting the Demand for HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) Services at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital
Published: October 2014 By USAID/SUSTAIN
Like other regional referral hospitals (RRHs), Gulu RRH is a high volume healthcare facility with a shortage of service providers. Clients arrive as early as 7:00am and often wait for 2-3 hours before they are attended to by clinicians. As one walks through the hospital gate, the queue of patients at the main Out-patient Department waiting area is striking. Long queues like this one are a familiar sight at other Out-patient clinics within the hospital as the day unfolds. Early risers manage to get seats on the wooden benches while the rest lean against the metal poles for support or sit across the verandas as they wait their turn to be attended to.
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