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), 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 USAID/SUSTAIN program 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.
United States Agency for the International Development (USAID)
USAID is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that provides economic, development, and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. USAID receives overall policy guidance from the U.S. Secretary of State. USAID began its assistance to Uganda immediately after independence in 1962. Although priorities have evolved over the past five decades, USAID's commitment to Uganda continues to focus on improving people's livelihoods. Strong economic growth has lowered poverty, reduced the rate of HIV/AIDS infections, and improved education. USAID's work in Uganda supports U.S. policy objectives in peace and security, democracy and governance, health and education, economic growth, and humanitarian assistance.
Uganda Ministry of Health
The Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) is a government body set up with the mandate of policy formulation and dialogue with health development partners, resource mobilization and budgeting, strategic planning, and regulation.
USAID/SUSTAIN works with various MOH departments including: the AIDS Control Program; the Central Public Health Laboratories; the Quality Assurance Department; and the Clinical, Infrastructure, and Pharmacy Divisions to ensure program plans and implementation are aligned with national priorities.
USAID/SUSTAIN strives to ensure quality of HIV/AIDS services while strengthening systems and supporting government partners to prepare for sustainable service delivery beyond the life of the project. To accomplish this goal, The project maintains close partnerships with the hospitals that the project supports. USAID/SUSTAIN routinely engages with hospital management teams to plan and implement various project-supported activities, developing individual facility support plans for human resource, laboratory, and infrastructure improvements; capacity building; and systems strengthening. See where we work.
In addition to the project’s core partners, USAID/SUSTAIN works in close collaboration with other implementing partners and programs in Uganda. Examples are included below.
- Laboratory strengthening activities and provision of laboratory services is closely coordinated with the USAID Targeted HIV/AIDS Laboratory Support Project, implemented by Joint Clinical Research Centre.
- The project collaborates with the USAID Supply Chain Management Systems Project (SCMS) to ensure provision of PEPFAR supplied anti-retroviral drugs to SUSTAIN-supported hospitals.
- The project works closely with the USAID-funded Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project, also implemented by URC, to support the utilization and institutionalization of proven QI approaches to improve care and treatment service delivery.
- During year one of program implementation, the project worked closely with United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) implementing partners to ensure uninterrupted HIV/AIDS service delivery as the program transitioned support for coverage of care for to other partners. These partners included Baylor-Uganda, Protecting Families Against HIV/AIDS (PREFA), Mulago-Mbabara Joint AIDS Program (MJAP), The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO), the Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) and Mildmay Uganda.