IDI Outreach Programme Embraces Rural and Urban

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IDIÔÇÖs outreach program strengthens services in high HIV-prevalence, under-served areas, through systematic and long-term linkage with capacity building partners, including central and local government institutions, reputable NGOs, and training institutions. IDI currently has outreach partnerships with Kampala Capital City Authority; and with the districts of Kibaale, Kiboga, Hoima, Masindi, Buliisa and Kyankwanzi, in collaboration with a consortium of implementing partners.
During the past year, IDI has been involved in strengthening care and management capacities of ten Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) clinics to effectively deliver HIV care and treatment. IDIÔÇÖs KCCA capacity building efforts have been directed: counseling and testing; palliative care; combined HIV/TB care; delivery of ART; paediatric care laboratory management; pharmacy management; data management; HIV prevention; human resource capacity building; and infrastructural upgrade.
An initiative of Safe Male Circumcision under the acronym AMAKA (Adult Male Medical Circumcision in Kampala) was started as part of the prevention package in late March 2011. As of July 2011, 3,726 males (15 years and above) had been circumcised, by the project teams conducting circumcision at Kisenyi HC as well as through a public - private partnership with International Hospital, Kampala.

IDI has also been engaged in scaling up HIV/AIDS service delivery, including TB treatment, in the six districts of Kiboga, Kibaale, Hoima, Masindi, Bullisa and Kyankwanzi. IDIÔÇÖs Outreach program aims at building capacity within the existing health facilities to increase access to quality HIV/AIDS service across the six rural districts of mid-western Uganda. The project supports 163 health facilities in the areas of HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT), HIV/AIDS care and treatment, TB/HIV co-infection management, PMTCT, paediatric care and HIV sexual behavioural risk reduction.

As of June 2011, a total of 501,056 people had received counselling and testing services in the KCCA clinics and six rural districts in mid-western Uganda.