Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Uganda (Baylor-Uganda) in partnership with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) is implementing a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded project through Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) named “Accelerating and sustaining Epidemic Control in Bunyoro region (ACE Bunyoro) in the Republic of Uganda under PEPFAR”. The project goal is to contribute to MOH efforts to reduce the incidence of HIV infection and HIV/AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among children and adults in Uganda in line with UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets for epidemic control. This project provides comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment, Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and maternal health, Sexual Reproductive Health, HIV/Family Planning integration, adolescent and young people-friendly services, HIV and STIs prevention, and Gender-Based Violence services. We use the District Led-Programming (DLP), Health, and community systems strengthening to increase access to quality comprehensive services integrated with Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Family Planning, Gender, and social inclusion to achieve and sustain epidemic control and strengthen data systems.
The project supports 106 Health Facilities in the eight (8) districts of Bunyoro region; Buliisa, Hoima, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Kibaale, Kikuube, Kiryandongo and Masindi. These are supported by cluster offices for easier administration in Hoima, Kakumiro and Masindi districts.
Purpose: The project purpose is to Achieve and sustain HIV epidemic control and related diseases in Bunyoro region supported districts by reinforcing health systems to reach the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets through two main objectives:
Primary objective: Accelerate HIV/AIDS epidemic control to attain and sustain the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals in the Bunyoro region via sustainable interventions addressing unmet needs across the prevention continuum/clinical cascade by 2025.
Secondary objective: Strengthen regional, district, and community system capacities to achieve and sustain HIV epidemic control in the Bunyoro region through innovative training and technical assistance (TA) by 2025.
The project directly contributes to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy towards Zero new infections, Zero HIV/AIDS-related mortality and morbidity and Zero discrimination by 2030.
Specific objectives: The project has six Specific objectives as follows;
Objective 1. Sustain the proportion of PLHIV with known HIV status in Bunyoro region at over 95% through the project period
Objective 2. Sustain the proportion of PLHIV on ART in Bunyoro region at over 95% through the project period
Objective 3. Increase the proportion of people receiving ART virally suppressed from 70% to 95% by 2021 and sustain it through 2025.
Objective 4. Achieve 90% coverage of high impact combination prevention interventions in the Bunyoro region by 2025
Objective 5. Increase availability, access, and use of quality data to plan, monitor, and evaluate the HIV/AIDS epidemic response by 2025
Objective 6. Strengthen health systems and transition to Government of Uganda led sustainable epidemic control program by 2025