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Hospital-based Provider Counseling and Testing Improves Access to HIV Testing and Counseling Services at Hospitals

Hospital-based provider initiated testing and counselling (PITC) is not entirely a new practice in Uganda. Unlike voluntary and diagnostic HIV counselling and testing methods, PITC integrates HIV counselling and testing into routine health care services at every service delivery point. Increasing the use of this approach, which has not been optimally utilized, will contribute to the Ministry of Health efforts to scale-up HIV counseling and testing services across the country. 

Preventing HIV Infection in Uganda through Safe Male Circumcision

In April 2013, the USAID funded SUSTAIN program joined other partners in implementation of Safe Male Circumcision activities (SMC) to prevent HIV infection in Uganda. The program conducted two SMC trainings at Jinja (eastern) and Fort Portal (western) Regional Referral Hospitals to increase accessibility and uptake of SMC by training healthcare workers to carry out SMC services and mobilize communities. 

Safe Male Circumcision

Safe Male Circumcision – SMC, (also known as Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision – VMMC) is a scientifically proven biomedical intervention for prevention of female-to-male transmission of HIV.

Stop TB in My Lifetime: SUSTAIN Commemorates World Tuberculosis Day in Masaka District

The USAID-funded SUSTAIN project participated  in this year’s World Tuberculosis (TB) Day National commemorative event.   The theme for this year’s event was “Call for a World Free of TB” and used the promotional slogan “Stop TB in my Lifetime”.<--break->

Uganda begins roll out of provider-initiated HIV testing

Irin (humanitarian news and analysis), January, 2013

The new strategy is part of efforts to lower Uganda's HIV prevalence, which climbed from 6.4 percent to 7.3 percent between 2006 and 2011. Studies have shown that beyond the benefits of having HIV-positive people identified and referred for treatment, provider-initiated counselling and testing may also result in less risky sexual behaviour, reducing levels of HIV transmission.

World AIDS Day 2012: Combating Pediatric HIV in Uganda through the USAID SUSTAIN Project

By Kate Howell, Cordelia Katureebe, and Sara Riese. November, 2012

December 1st marks World AIDS Day.  URC supports HIV/AIDS projects in more than 20 countries worldwide. This story highlights one component of our work through the USAID Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) project in Uganda.

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