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Baylor-Uganda is proud to have made tremendous
contribution to Karamoja, Teso, Kampala and Rwenzori sub regions. The recently released Uganda Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) to assess the progress of Uganda’s national HIV response showed that our supported regional blocks registered the highest
decline in HIV prevalence over the period 2011-2016: Arua (37%), Soroti (30%) and Fort portal (30%) compared to national (15%). We thank the district leadership and all our staff that enabled this achievement through extensive technical assistance and programmatic management in HIV/AIDS/TB.

For the third consecutive time, Baylor-Uganda laboratory received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for its high quality and professional services. This is the best accreditation any laboratory in the world can aspire for. The laboratory supports quality assurance inter–comparability testing for our 7 regional lab hubs, and staff learning visits. We invite research and clinical institutions to utilise our services

Our research capacity over the last year has grown. We are now conducting 19 international and local studies and have published 8 manuscripts.

In effort to attain the UN 90:90:90 targets, the Fort Portal regional block Health Facility Community Linkage Framework was launched by Ambassador Deborah Malac. The Framework links 124 health facilities to 25 Community
Based Organizations. I am glad to note that over twelve thousand people have benefited from this linkage.

Our one–stop comprehensive center of excellence (COE) for managing complicated pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS/TB/Hepatitis at Mulago national Referral Hospital continues to offer high quality care. The COE has
established itself as an international internship learning center.

Our National Pediatric and Adolescent HIV/AIDs/TB Call centre launched in December 2015 registered the highest number of calls this year with close to 50% seeking support on how to manage TB/HIV co-infection. Our toll free numbers; 0800205555/0800100055/0800305555 are open from Monday to Friday between 8am-5pm.

All these approaches and innovations are aimed at achieving the UN targets of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. We will continue to supplement Government efforts in improving Health Service delivery.

Baylor-Uganda is grateful for the generous support of the American people from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our partnership with Uganda Government cannot be taken for granted. We are grateful to all those organizations that make us who we are: BIPAI, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Bristol Meyers Squibb, UNICEF, ELMA, Every Mother Counts, Comic Relief, Medical Research Council (UK), Abbot Fund, Clinton Health Access Initiative, National Institute of Health (USA) and American Foundation for Children with AIDS.

On behalf of the dedicated team that I lead and on my own behalf, I pledge our commitment to provision of high quality health care to the communities we serve.

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