Activity date: November 18th to 30th, 2013
Assessment locations: Moroto, Soroti, Mbale, Lira, Gulu, Hoima, Fort Portal, Kabale, Mubende and Jinja Regional Referral Hospitals
SUSTAIN has, in the last fortnight, facilitated collection of data from the ten hospitals listed above to analyze the effectiveness of the PMTCT Option B-Plus programme. Since October 2012, SUSTAIN has supported Ministry of Health (MOH) to implement the Option B-Plus programme at 16 project-supported hospitals, a strategy to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection. The assessment aims to determine outcomes for mother-baby pairs enrolled in the Option B-Plus programme in the last one year identify gaps and design strategies for improvement. Prior the exercise, SUSTAIN and MOH developed a data extraction tool, pre-tested it for appropriateness, and oriented health workers at the various hospitals, including the hospital EID (Early Infant Diagnosis) focal persons on its usage. Data collected from 3,300 clinical charts at ten hospitals is currently being analyzed and results will be disseminated in a couple of weeks.