Executive Director’s message
On Behalf of the Board, Senior Management, staff, and volunteers of the Baylor-Uganda, I extend my sincere gratitude to all those that have supported us serve our communities. It has been an exciting yet challenging journey since the COVID19 epidemic. Despite the advent of COVID-19 that took the world by storm, we made significant achievements that we are proud to share with you through this annual report.
During this period, Baylor-Uganda served over 104,000 clients, both for HIV and hematology oncology. We continue to support our center of excellence (COE), the largest pediatric and adolescent clinic in Africa, with over 8,000 clients. We are proud to note that our children have grown into young adults with a median age of 20. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to my team and the numerous volunteers that made this work possible.
As of June 2020, UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets for the Baylor Uganda supported districts of the Forportal region continued to perform better than the national average; 95% diagnosed, 93% on ART, and 73% virally suppressed compared to 85%, 84%, and 67% respectively. All these impressive results have been made possible because of the health workers’ dedication, teamwork with stakeholders, and the district local government leadership’s supervision. Our donors have inspired us to drive growth and bring what looked impossible to our clients possible. We have continued to embrace excellence through quality improvement initiatives and collaboratives to make each client’s experience unique. This year also marked improved access to pediatric hematology-oncology services in the country. The program has successfully trained 14 fellows in the fellowship program. We are proud to note that all joined the public sector within Uganda and East Africa. The current overall one -year survival rate of children with cancer improved to 75%, increasing dramatically from the baseline historical survival rates of 10-30%.
We thank all our donors who have supported us during the year to ensure we deliver on our strategic plan: PEPFAR/CDC, Global Fund/ TASO, UNICEF, WHO, NIH, ELMA, and our research partners. Their financial contribution helped us run a budget of USD 22,050,422. We extend our sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of Kiwatule, Kampala, who recognized our work with a vocational award in February 2020. This award is one of the highest Honours by Rotary to institutions and individuals who offer service “above self. I owe it to my staff, who continue to dedicate themselves to serve above and beyond. Our research portfolio of ten clinical trials has continued to grow and contribute to national and international guidelines. The COE laboratory maintained accreditation from the College of American Pathologists for the fourth time in a row. This lab supports several studies and is also a learning center for laboratorians from the 145 health facilities in the Fort portal region. Our theme for this year has been”In Pursuit of Excellence.”We have been consistent in our journey, and we have kept our promise to deliver high-quality health service to our clients. The future of Baylor Uganda is bright and exciting. We shall continue challenging ourselves and our district partners to reach the extra mile in providing quality sustainable healthcare to Ugandans, especially the adolescents and youth. We look forward to another great year for our clients.
Dr. Adeodata R. Kekitiinwa