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HIV/ AIDS Counselling and Home Care

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The Counselling and Home care department, also called the HIV clinic, started in 1988 with support from an Irish Doctor, Dr, Brown Lee (RIP.)

  • In 1989, 69 clients were officially registered in care, however the services and knowledge on HIV care and treatment were limited. There was no space and skilled manpower.
  • In 1994, at the peak of the epidemic, when about 18% of the Ugandan population was infected with HIV and a significant number of deaths were as a result of AIDS, we noted a growing number of clients who were becoming terminally ill and bedridden from AIDS, the clinic implemented the home care and visitation program with support from the TEAR fund.
  • In 1994, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) started training counsellors in HIV care.
  • From 1996 to 2000 with support from International Care and Relief (ICR), the food aid project started. Through this project, Mengo hospital reached out to HIV/AIDS clients with food rations comprising of beans, maize flour, rice, and cooking oil.
  • In 1997, we noted a growing number of HIV infected children, but there were no policies to test children and no guidelines to treat children, a number of children were also orphaned due to AIDS! With support from the Grant Charitable Trust UK, the Saturday club to support HIV infected children began.
  • In 1998, through the Drug Access Initiative, the hospital was accredited to start giving Anti-Retroviral therapy; however, the medicines were not free.
  • In 1998, we noted a growing need to treat Tuberculosis, little did we know that the two diseases were related, we opened the chest clinic to address TB needs at the hospital.
  • In 2007 – to date, the comprehensive HIV chronic care package and preventive strategies to clients in Kampala District began with support from Presidents Emergency plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR) in Africa.
  • In 2009, the Orange sweet potatoes project began with funding from MCC and technical assistance obtained from Harvest Plus/ the international sweet potato centre.
  • In 2015 we started offering Viral load testing services
  • A daily medical Out-patient clinic to an average of 180 clients per day
  • Home based care to bedridden and terminally ill patients on one Friday a week.
  • Management of Opportunistic Infections including Tuberculosis
  • Provision of Anti Retro Viral Therapy
  • Targeted Counselling and testing for HIV on all hospital wards
  • Spiritual counselling
  • Elimination Prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV(EMTCT),
  • Post Exposure prophylaxis and Pre-Exposure prophylaxis.
  • CD4 and Viral load testing
  • Safe Male circumcision and condom distribution
  • Screening, diagnosis, and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) including partner notification.
  • Screening for cancer of the cervix and cryotherapy services.
  • Family planning services
  • Nutritional support

 The non-clinical palliative care services include.

  • Family support groups for pregnant women, children, and adolescents.
  • Orthoptist (squint) clinic
  • Low vision clinic
  • Retina clinic
  • Glaucoma clinic
  • Children’s Clinic
Dr. Edith Namulema
Program Manager (HIV/ AIDS Counselling and Home Care Department)
Phone: +256 754 460 792