KALANGALA, Uganda - Friday, July 1st 2016 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global organization providing cutting-edge medicine to more than 611,613 patients in 36 countries, has commissioned a new HIV Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) Clinic and staff quarters at Mugoye Health Center III, Kalangala District.
The clinic and staff quarters, which were built with support from AHF Uganda Cares, in partnership with the Uganda Ministry of Health, will not only contribute to the provision of improved HIV services to over 800 clients, but will also boost staff motivation and retention in such hard to reach area of the district. Services to be provided will include; free HIV testing, condoms provision, and comprehensive medical care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS. The newly constructed staff quarters will provide comfortable housing for at least 2 health workers attached to this health facility.
“This clinic is a timely resource to the local community, for it will contribute to an increase in the uptake of HIV/AIDS services on Ssese Islands,” said Henry Magala, the Country Program Director of AHF Uganda Cares. “The ART clinic will run Monday to Friday as opposed to special clinic days that were earlier set for HIV service provision. We therefore anticipate that with the increased number of clinic days, many more people will be able to access HIV services in a convenient setting.”
“The construction of staff quarters is a timely response to a need in a community where healthworker retention and motivation has been a challenge, and we are optimistic that the people of Mugoye and the surrounding community will be able to see a healthworker at any time of any day, not only for HIV services, but also for other health-related issues,” added Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, the Africa Bureau Chief for AHF.
AHF Uganda Cares operates over 45 ART Clinics country-wide, with 3 of these being located in Kalangala District. For more information, please visit www.aidshealth.org or call: 0200 506 100
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