PRESS RELEASE | Initiative to raise money to support Mulago and Mbarara Teaching Hospitals with funding for their activities under Mulago-Mbarara Teaching HospitalsÔÇÖ Joint AIDS Program (MJAP)

Background:
Mulago and Mbarara Hospitals are two major teaching hospitals used by Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology respectively to educate health professionals in Uganda.Ôö¼├í Since the AIDS epidemic began, these hospitals have had inadequate resources to meet the care and treatment needs of the large numbers of AIDS patients. Makerere University Faculty of Medicine (MUFOM) and now the College of Health Sciences has been increasingly challenged by Mulago hospital to contribute more resources (financial human, equipment and supplies etc.) towards the running of the hospital to improve service delivery, teaching and learning and research environment of the medical, pharmacy, nursing, laboratory and other students. To respond to this need, the MUFOM successfully competed and was awarded a five year grant (2004-2009) from the United States of America President├ö├ç├ûs Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to provide routine HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, HIV/AIDS care and anti-retroviral therapy in Mulago and Mbarara Teaching hospitals; and to strengthen their capacity to deliver those services.
The program was code-named MJAP. Later, MUFOM received additional funding to support scale up of integrated HIV/ Tuberculosis services in seven Regional Referral hospitals-Kabale, Masaka, Mbale, Jinja, Fortportal, Hoima and Soroti. Currently, MUFOM/MJAP currently has a five year (2010-2015) grant to support comprehensive HIV services. To date, MUFOM has received over USD 60 million from PEPFAR.

Where we currently work:

Mulago, Mbarara, Butabika Teaching Hospitals, and all Health Centre IVs, IIIs & IIs in Mbarara district.

What we do

  • Support provision of comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services namely: HIV counseling and testing, HIV basic care and treatment, safe male circumcision, prevention services for commercial sex workers and their clients, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, services for orphans and vulnerable children, integrated HIV/ tuberculosis services, services for survivors of gender and sexual based violence, abstinence, being faithful, condom promotion and other HIV prevention services. These HIV services are integrated with other services like screening women for cancer of the cervix, and other maternal and child health services.
  • Pre-service training for Medical, nursing, pharmacy, Laboratory and other students and In-service training for health workers
  • Support to the Community- Based Education (COBES) program of Makerere University which supports placement of Medical students in communities to help them to become conversant with the health realities in communities.
  • Strengthen hospital and district capacity to deliver those services through technical, logistical and infrastructural support.
  • Enhancing the capacity of the Teaching Hospitals in training and research, and translation of research findings into service delivery for the communities.

Key achievements to date:

  • HIV Counseling and testing- over one million clients for HIV
  • Currently, over 45, 000 HIV positive patients are receiving HIV care; with about 30,000 of them getting Anti-retroviral drugs. This is about 10% of the national figure. MJAP procures ARVs, Septrin, condoms and other drugs and supplies to supplement national supplies.
  • Over 42, 000 pregnant women were tested for HIV and given care as appropriate
  • Over 5,000 men have been circumcised for HIV prevention
  • Training of about 12,000 health workers and hiring some to fill critical gaps
  • Supported the labs with equipment and reagents for testing and monitoring treatment for HIV and related diseases, e.g CD4 machines, Haematology and chemistry machines, microscopes, TB HIV testing kits. These labs also serve patients who are not HIV positive.
  • Health information (e.g Computers) and infrastructure (space improvement, renovations, etc) in the two hospitals
  • Several students have been attached to the MJAP supported HIV clinics in the two hospitals for training and hands on experience
  • The MJAP-supported work has been used by several students pursuing researches for their Masters and PhD studies in the two hospitals

Key challenges:

  • An ever-increasing demand for the services
  • Weak health systems
  • Inadequate resources

For more information please contact:
Ms. Milly Nattimba, Communication Officer College of Health Sciences, Tel: +256-782-549387, Email: pr@chs.mak.ac.ug, Web: http://chs.mak.ac.ug
Dr. Jennifer Namusobya, Deputy Program Manager,

Mulago-Mbarara Teaching Hospitals├ö├ç├û Joint AIDS Program - MJAP, Makerere University College of Ôö¼├íHealth Sciences
Plot 4B Kololo Hill Drive P.O Box 7072 Kampala ÔÇô Uganda, email: jnamusobya@mjap.or.ug website: www.mjap.or.ug
Cell : +256 772 443292, Office: +256 417 715800, Fax: +256 417 715823