Uganda: Strengthening PMTCT Services to Protect Families from HIV/AIDS
Since 2004, Jhpiego—with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Uganda—has helped to establish and further develop a new, local nongovernmental organization, PREFA (Protecting Families Against AIDS), in order to scale up PMTCT services countrywide. Specifically, through a PMTCT Senior Technical Advisor based at PREFA, Jhpiego is strengthening the organization’s capacity to implement improved PMTCT services and more effectively monitor and evaluate the provision of services—thereby improving management processes, and enabling assessment of progress and identification of best practices. Through the advisor, Jhpiego is also assisting selected PMTCT service delivery sites in identified capacity-building areas, including establishing supervisory and monitoring (performance improvement) frameworks. With Jhpiego’s technical support, PREFA has developed nine independent PMTCT sites, which are fully functional and collectively provide PMTCT services to about 20,000 women annually.
For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.
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