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PEPFAR VMMC External Quality Assurance (EQA) visit to SUSTAIN-supported hospital

4th November 2013, Gulu, Uganda.

As part of a week-long joint assessment exercise between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), evaluators visited Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to review the Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision program supported by the USAID SUSTAIN project. Although site-specific reports have not yet be issued, evaluators at the EQA debrief praised all of the sites, including Gulu, for both the high quality and high volume of services they have been able to provide in the last year. The afternoon site visit at Gulu, which included six evaluators from PEPFAR, USAID, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), MOH and  Makerere University Walter Reed Project—assessed the hospital’s program on issues of safety, efficiency and productivity, and provision of a comprehensive package of HIV services. According to the project’s VMMC Technical Advisor Fred Twebaze, the general response was that SUSTAIN and Gulu “exhibited excellent performance.”