Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Details for Mechanism ID: 10326
Country/Region: Uganda
Year: 2010
Main Partner: Joint Clinical Research Center
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $0

Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) pioneered the use of antiretroviral therapy in Sub Saharan Africa as early as 1992 when it conducted the first ARV therapy trial in Africa aimed at determining the safe and effective use of Zidovudine, a new drug by then. By 2003, JCRC was the biggest provider of ART in Uganda with close to 10,000 patients enrolled on ART. JCRC has managed to reach a number of remote and hard to reach areas with high HIV prevalence. ART sites have been established in IDP camps in Gulu and Pader districts; the marginalized communities of Batwa in Bwindi, the fishing community in Sesse islands and hard to reach areas like Kaabong and Moyo district hospitals.The Program for Timetable for Regional Expansion of Anti-retroviral therapy (TREAT) is a Seven Year Program implemented through a co-operative agreement between USAID/Uganda and the JCRC, which ends on September 30, 2010. The TREAT program works closely with the MOH and HIV/AIDS partners to increase access and build capacity for ART in 46 satellite clinics and 25 outreaches. 5 TREAT sites have been transitioned to the new district based HIV/TB programs in STAR -East, and STAR- East Central (Kapchorwa, Kamuli and Iganga district hospital). Apac and Patongo HCIII in Pader were transitioned to NUMAT Project. JCRC established Six Regional Centres of Excellence (RCEs) to ensure, to ensure access to quality ART and comprehensive laboratory services. RCEs include; Kakira, Mbale, Gulu, Fort Portal, Mbarara and Kabale, and a mini RCE in Mubende.

The TREAT program has successfully expanded access to ART, increasing the number of people supported on ART from under 10,000 in 2003 to over 32,189 currently accessing ART. With support from Clinton Foundation Initiative,JCRC will enroll new OVCs on ART. JCRC will not enroll new adults on ART but will refer them to other partners and MOH facilities that have capacity to enroll new clients.