The project implemented a robust PMTCT clinic system across all 151 supported sites in the region. The figure below shows the key PMTCT achievements registered during the reporting period;
This performance was attributed to the enhanced demand creation and referral of pregnant women through routine health education at the health facilities, radio talk shows and spot messages, and scouting for pregnant mothers in communities by VHTs and peer mothers. There was adequate supply of HIV test kits to ensure continuity of HTS and hence mandatory testing of all mothers attending ANC1, retesting through pregnancy. Labour and postnatal periods. We supported peer mothers to link newly identified positive mothers to ART at MBCPs and enter them into EDD trackers. We continued to improve access to MCH services by facilitating PMTCT outreaches to 20 HC IIs. We leveraged the G-ANC platform using the AGYW mentor mothers to scout for PBF-AGYW mothers in the community to receive facility MCH services, HTS services and linkage to appropriate prevention services including PrEP for negatives and ART for positives. A robust supply chain system ensured the availability of testing commodities and ART. We continued to improve access to MCH services by facilitating PMTCT outreaches to 20 HCIIs.
There was deliberate effort to strengthen EID tracking systems in all supported HFs. We supported HFs to line list and track all eligible mother baby pairs (MBPs) in the EDD cohort trackers, conducted pre-appointment calls for MBPs. Conducted mentorship and support supervision of both facility and community teams. We continued to support HFs to integrate EID in EPI outreach and scale-up community EID sample collection and BBMB campaigns. We supported HFs to functionalize the 12 EID/POC HFs and 34 spoke sites to reduce the turnaround time for EID results.
On August 30, 2023, representatives from Baylor-Uganda, the Ministry of Health (MoH), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Directorate of Public Health and Environment, GIZ, the United Kingdom Agency for International