Makerere University School of Public Health through its Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program has donated solar panel systems and computers worth shs200m to 19 health facilities in Kabarole district to track HIV/AIDS data.
The METS 5-year program is funded by the Carrier Development Center (CDC) in collaboration with MukSPH, check http://ciencialili.org/components/com_sef/sef_ext/com_mailto.php the University of California San Francisco and the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
Dr. Edgar Kansiime, the Project Coordinator of METS HIV Case Based Surveillance (CBS) Program disclosed that that the solar panels and computers have been donated to the Health Center IIIs in the hard to reach areas will ease the retrieval of HIV/AIDS data, tracking cases and follow up HIV/AIDS patients so that they can receive proper treatment.
He explained that the system also helps to reduce duplication of HIV/AIDS records hence help in addressing the high HIV prevalence in the district.
Kabarole district has the highest HIV prevalence in Uganda (15.2% compared to the country’s average prevalence of 7.3 percent).
Delivering the equipment at the district medical stores in Mucwa, Fort Portal on Wednesday, Dr. Kansiime said that this program was initiated to improve the understanding of disease burden, incidence, loss of follow-up, integration, linkages and referral services across interventions and facilities; to minimize missed opportunities in the comprehensive care and treatment of HIV/AIDS related illnesses.
Dr. Nathan Ruhinda the Ag District Health Officer (DHO) Kabarole said that the donation and METs intervention is timely and a relief to the hard-to-reach Health facilities that were offering HIV/AIDS services but lacked power while others had no computers for record tracking.
He mentioned some of the benefiting Health Center III facilities as Kiyombya, Kabonero, Kasenda, Kisomoro, Kabende, Kiko, Kidubuli, Kakinga, Irihura, Kicwamba, Nyabuswa, Nyantaboma, Rwagimba, Rambia, Kibaate, Bukuuku, Kabarole hospital and Fort Portal referral hospital.
Dr. Ruhinda revealed that the system will be officially launched by the health Minister Hon. Acheng Jane on Tuesday 2nd August 2016.