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Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Uganda (Baylor Foundation Uganda) is a nationally recognized non-governmental organization since 2006. They are one of the largest global HIV pediatric and adolescent programs. They deliver high quality family-centered pediatric and adolescent HIV prevention, care, treatment services, health professional training and clinical research. Other services include food and nutrition and social support to orphans and vulnerable children, trainings, mentorships and support supervision, infrastructure improvement, equipment and support supplies.

These operations are carried out at the Centre of Excellence and Post Natal Clinic both located at Mulago Hospital Complex and 145 health facilities in 9 districts in the Fort Portal region, especially in facilities where access to pediatric and family HIV/AIDS services is largely constrained. Under PEPFAR/CDC funding. We also work in 18 districts supported through grants. Baylor-Uganda as an Implementing Partner supports the Ministry of Health and District Local Governments to decentralize HIV services in order to increase accessibility, availability and utilization of quality health service to the people of the region through a health systems strengthening approach.

At a Glance

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KAMPALA, UGANDA
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35 MILLION
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217,000
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Expertise To Manage The Unique Needs Of Our Subpopulations

  • Baylor Foundation Uganda serves the general population (including partners in sero-discordant relationships and pregnant and breastfeeding women [PBFW]) with a focus on key populations (KPs), priority populations (PPs), men, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and children, to address gaps in case finding, retention and viral suppression.
  • Baylor Foundation Uganda cares for 75% of all Uganda’s children and adolescents living with HIV: 14% at its Center of Excellence (COE) and 61% through its regional mechanisms.
  • Baylor Foundation Uganda implements the Men-stars (Male Champions) approach which uses influential men to identify and educate high-risk men in their communities and workplaces and link them to HIV services.
  • Baylor Foundation Uganda also implements the Key Population Investment Fund (KPIF) in partnership with KP-led/leaning civil society organizations (CSOs) that focus on services to KPs (female sex workers [FSWs], men who have sex with men [MSM]); and PPs (fishing communities, highly mobile populations, etc.).

Notable Programs

Comprehensive HIV Prevention And Treatment

Baylor Foundation Uganda supported 145 health facilities to identify, link and retain people living with HIV on treatment in the region. The team scaled up surge activities from 49 sites to 85 health facilities. This was aimed at bridging the gap in achievement of the newly initiated on ART experienced in the year, with associated gaps in linkage to care and adherence to treatment. At the end of the year, 94% of clients were linked to care and 91% achieved good adherence. Our team worked tirelessly alongside health workers and community mobilisers to conduct targeted testing in the health facilities and outreaches to the hotspots in the communities, always ensuring immediate linkage of newly identified positives to care and immediate initiation on ART.

Adolescent Girl And Young Women’s Empowerment Program

The program supported by Global Fund / TASO has successfully been running for 14 months in 19 districts across Uganda. The project aims to strengthen Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, strengthen Prevention for Adolescents and Youth in and out of school, and scale-up interventions that reduce human rights related barriers that reduce access to HIV services. In line with the project priorities, our team, using a community-driven intervention, has focused on the Key Affected/ Most-At-Risk populations, Adolescents and Youth in and out of school, and pregnant women through behavioral change and communication campaigns

Orphan & Vulnerable Care (OVC) Program

Baylor Foundation Uganda’s Orphans and other Vulnerable Children program in the Fort Portal region, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief stayed strong and continued to improve the health and well-being of children living with and affected by HIV. The OVC program, through a multi-sectoral approach, continued to strengthen the capacity of 20 Community Based Organizations as sub- awardees and a network of 267-para social workers as community volunteers in the 74 sub-counties of the six districts of Bunyangabu, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese, Kyegegwa and Kyenjojo. These CBOs and community volunteers continued providing and linking beneficiaries to an array of quality services under the four domains (healthy, safe, stable and schooled) to progress children and their primary caregivers to a minimum level of stability, including knowing their HIV status and achieving viral suppression. The program served 38,695 OVC.

 TB/HIV Program

Baylor Foundation Uganda with its ACE-Fort project has contributed significantly to the testing and linkage of people to care by improving intensified TB case finding, management of TB/HIV co-infection and TB treatment outcomes. Baylor Foundation Uganda improved its TB case notification in Fort Portal region through a number of activities, including rolling out the revised comprehensive TB curriculum in 140 health facilities providing ART, conducting 100-days TB preventive Therapy scale up, and conducting mentorship and supportive supervision at 97 districts TB treatment units.

National HIV/AIDS/TB Call Center

The call center, an initiative of the Ministry of Health (MoH), with support from CDC and Baylor Foundation Uganda, has continued to offer technical support and consultations to health workers all over the country in regards to HIV/AIDS/TB treatment and management. The center also offers a 24/7 service to clients for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Baylor Foundation Uganda supported region of Fort Portal region and is utilized for HIV-self testing and recruitment in prevention studies. In total, the Call Center received 3,920 calls over the year from both health workers and clients.

Patient Story

The story of Teddy Akiiki’s Recovery

Teddy Akiiki (not her real name) is a client at Kakasi NGO COUHCIII in Buhanda Sub County Kamwenge district. She lives in Buhanda sub county, Kakasi parish. She is a single mother aged 35. She was initiated into care on 31/6/2016 Art no. 183.

Teddy Akiiki was last seen at the facility on 22/8/2018 and didn’t come back to pick medication for HIV. At the facility, it was reported that she believed through prayer without taking medicine she will be healed from HIV because of believing in Jesus Christ and she went to Kampala for casual work. When she returned in November, she was sickly. Follow up was made in November 2018 when she returned from Kampala and reaching there she was in a sorry state.

Her entire body had sores and blood was coming from those sores and she could neither walk nor stand. At the first visit she resisted - she believed that she was going to die but with continuous follow up support she later accepted to be enrolled on treatment. Her parents carried her and took her to the health facility where she was re-engaged on ART on 11/2/2019. She was admitted for two weeks while having a weight of 30 kg. She was started on IAC and she is still attending her sessions but now she can walk and stand. In May she weighed 35kg and in June she weighed 37 kg. Teddy Akiiki is now on the road to recovery.

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Leadership & Partnerships

Dithan Kiragga, M.B.Ch.B., MPH, MSc
Executive Director

Dr. Peter Elyanu
Director - Research and Knowledge Management

Dr. Paul Tumbu
Director -Program

Ms. Marie Solome Nassiwa
Director - Finance

Dr. Peter Wasswa
Medical Director – Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Dr. Leticia Namale
Director – Health Systems Strengthening

Mr. Albert Maganda Koma
Director – Strategic Development, M&E

Mr. Peter Mugagga
Head – Operations

Mr. Lino Nyingaling
Head – Internal Audit

Mr. Julius Byamukama
Head – Human Resources

Partnerships

  • Uganda Ministry of Health
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • UNICEF
  • The Global Fund
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Every Mother Counts
  • Abbott Fund
  • AmeriCares
  • Medical Research Council
  • The Mastercard Foundation
  • Makerere University
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA)
  • Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • FHI 360
  • Rutgers University
  • The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) of Uganda
  • EDCTP
  • The ELMA Foundation
  • H3Africa
  • PEPAL
  • AESARA Partners on Human Nature
  • The Clinton Foundation
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Janssen
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA)
  • HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN)

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