The Ministry of Health (MOH) awarded USAID’s URC-implemented SUSTAIN project a certificate of recognition for its outstanding performance and contribution to the Uganda Health Laboratory Sector, as the project continues to enhance the quality of HIV/AIDS care and treatment service delivery through capacity building, quality improvement (QI), support towards lab accreditation, and laboratory infrastructure strengthening.
Using the principles of QI, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) Quality Assurance Department and the USAID-funded Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project, SUSTAIN supports hospitals in establishing more efficient and effective service delivery processes through improving existing systems while strengthening links between facilities and communities through work with community health departments and hospital teams.
With a number of SUSTAIN-supported laboratories taking a part in the World Health Organization’s Africa Region (WHO/AFRO) Strengthening Laboratory Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPMTA) process, in partnership with the Ministry and other partners, SUSTAIN continues to mentor these health facilities on their path to achieving accreditation, while providing QI training for staff at the remaining non-SLIPMTA laboratories.
Together with hospital management teams and the Infrastructure Department of the MOH, the project supports laboratory infrastructure strengthening in some of the highest-volume health facilities serving large catchments of Uganda’s population. By SUSTAIN’s completion in 2015, it is anticipated that all MOH-supported hospitals will have fully functioning laboratories, dramatically impacting their capacity to meet the demand for quality and effective HIV-related testing for clients.