Three Ugandan organisations fighting HIV/Aids have received a total of US$10.75m (sh27b) from US President Barack Obama.
The five-year grants were awarded under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The recepients are local faith-based organizations providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS support, treatment, and prevention services.
They include: e Uganda Episcopal Conference-Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau received US$ 5.4m (sh13.6b) to provide comprehensive, quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment services that promote and safeguard the health of communities through faith-based health care service providers in 12 sites located in 11 districts in the central, northern, and western regions of Uganda.
Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau gets US$ 2.45 m (sh6.2b) to provide high-quality services to people living with and affected by HIV in six health facilities in the districts of Amolatar, Bushenyi, Sheema, Kabarole, Kampala, and Jinja.
They will provide Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission services, safe male circumcision, voluntary counseling and testing, adult treatment, pediatric treatment, services targeting orphans and vulnerable children, TB/HIV treatment, laboratory strengthening, and provision of ARV drugs.
And, the Children's AIDS Fund Uganda receives US$ 2.9 m (sh7.3b) to provide comprehensive services beyond basic HIV care and treatment, including patient support groups, dental care, assistance with school fees, discordant couple support groups, income-generating activities, and client-led community outreach activities.
These will be offered in four clinics the Family Hope Center (Kampala), Family Hope Center (Jinja), Kabwohe Clinical Research Centre (Mitooma District), and Bushenyi Medical Centre (Bushenyi District).
Since PEPFAR was established in 2004, the USA has focused on supporting the Government of Uganda in its efforts to scale-up HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services through direct financial support and technical assistance to both governmental and non-governmental implementing partners working at the national, district, and community levels.
The majority of CDC-Uganda's implementing partners are local organizations that directly provide services to the Ugandan people.