HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
CDC has been working in Uganda since 1991. The Global AIDS Program office (now Division of Global HIV/AIDS) was launched in January 2000 and works closely with the Ministry of Health, local government, and academia and supports faith-based organizations, civil society, and the private sector to complement activities of the severely burdened public health system. CDC plays a critical role in ensuring delivery of essential health services and commodities.
Strengthening national public health systems
CDC provides technical leadership and direct assistance to the Government of Uganda to strengthen public health workforce capacity, health information systems, epidemiology, surveillance, laboratory, and operations research – essential components for strong, sustainable public health systems.
Supporting country-ownership with integrated service delivery
CDC works through local governmental and private, not-for-profit institutions to provide high-quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services throughout Uganda, using a service-delivery model which is integrated with national and district processes and structures, thereby building capacity and promoting ownership at all levels of the health system.
CDC has supported the training and placement of numerous public health professionals through public health workforce capacity development programs; these professionals are now serving in key public health roles throughout the country. In addition, CDC provides approximately 94% of its $140 million annual to partners and 26% of this is directly to government or parastatal organizations. This strategy has allowed CDC to lead the strengthening and support of a large internationally recognized cadre of senior public health professionals with leadership roles in these organizations, as well as more junior cohorts who are poised to become Uganda’s future public health leaders.
Through operations research and evidence-based programming, CDC has innovated and implemented numerous interventions which have now become standard tools used to combat the HIV epidemic globally: the basic care package: a simple kit that has been shown to improve health and save lives, and includes insecticide-treated mosquito nets, supplies for safe water, cotrimoxazole, and condoms; large scale door to door HIV counseling and testing; performance-based district sub-grants for prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission; new strategies for follow up and effective linkage to care for HIV-infected pregnant women and exposed infants; and training and scale up of medical male circumcision.