BIPAI Uganda operates a clinical center of excellence (COE) at Mulago Hospital in
Kampala, provides services to five Kampala suburb City Council satellite clinics,
five regional centers of excellence in Kaberamaido, Kasese and Kitgum, and in 81 Ministry of Health
facilities across the country. At the government facilities, BIPAI Uganda works
to integrate pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment services into the existing
district health systems.
The Baylor College of Medicine-Bristol-Myers Squibb-Texas
Children's Hospital-Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence was officially
opened and dedicated on October 2, 2008. The 20,000 square foot
state-of-the-art Centre delivers HIV/AIDS care and treatment to more than 4,000
HIV-infected children and family members. Nearly 7,000 additional patients
receive care and treatment at affiliated outreach sites.
High-quality clinical care
With support from United States President’s Emergency Plan
for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), BIPAI Uganda provides integrated pediatric HIV/AIDS
care and treatment in 69 health facilities across the country. Children remain
the main focus of the program, but family members also benefit from the
services. Mortality rates have decreased from 3.2% to 2.8%.
BIPAI Uganda’s work in the five Kampala suburb satellite
clinics is supported in collaboration with the Kampala City Council (KCC) and
the family consortium.
Services provided are based on the 10-point pediatric
HIV/AIDS management plan which involves: HIV testing and counseling, anti
retroviral therapy, management of opportunistic infections, home based care and
treatment, nutritional support, provision of the basic care package and
psychosocial support among others.
Support to upcountry health facilities includes mentorship, provision of ARVs and
laboratory supplies, and support to ensure services meet required standards.