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BIPAI in Uganda

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.