Integrating family planning into HIV prevention, care and treatment services in Uganda
Henry Kakande, EngenderHealth Uganda
Grace Nagendi, EngenderHealth Uganda
Julie Wiltshire, EngenderHealth Uganda
Betty Farrell, EngenderHealth
Laura Subramanian, EngenderHealth
Jan Kumar, EngenderHealth
As more and more HIV-positive men and women gain access to antiretroviral treatment (ART), increasing numbers are living longer and healthier lives. In common with their HIV-negative peers, these clients have similar needs for comprehensive, safe, quality FP/RH services. The ACQUIRE Project is working in Uganda and Ghana on a pilot basis to integrate FP into ART services. Lessons learned from the pilot will be replicated elsewhere. In Uganda, ACQUIRE is collaborating with The AIDS Support Organization, a local NGO providing HIV/AIDS care and treatment including ART. The goal of the pilot is to offer FP services as an integral component of HIV prevention, care and treatment services for HIV clients and their partners particularly to those receiving ART services. The presentation discusses strategies to integrate FP and ART; and interventions to strengthen provider skills and knowledge and improve the organization of services.