Mildmay Uganda’s website www.mildmay.or.ug
Empowering communities to effectively respond to HIV and other priority health issues.
In June 2017 Mildmay Uganda launched their 30 year master plan with a celebratory ceremony and the President of Uganda as honorary guest. Mildmay’s CEO Ross White, alongside Elizabeth Oluoch Country Manager of Mildmay Kenya, also attended. The 30 Year Master Plan will see Mildmay Uganda’s hospital expand to become a modern not-for-profit teaching hospital that offers quality health care and training as part of her contribution to the national goal of universal access to health care.
Barbra Mukasa, Mildmay Uganda’s executive director, said “Mildmay Uganda now gives HIV care to over 100,000 clients (13 per cent of the total number of clients on antiretroviral drugs in the country). Of these, 7,000 are children, we need a teaching hospital to help get more doctors and nurses,” she said.
You can read Ross’s blog from the visit here
Mildmay Uganda was Mildmay’s first international programme, the hospital opened in Kampala in 1998 and since has provided comprehensive HIV care and significantly contributed to ending the HIV epidemic in Uganda. Today Mildmay Uganda is an independent non-governmental organisation (charity), with its own board. Mildmay UK are proud to support Mildmay Uganda whose work now reaches over 103,000 people living with and affected by HIV, expanding to address other heath conditions.
In Uganda (2015) 1.5 Million people were living with HIV, there were 83,000 new HIV infections and 28,000 AIDS related deaths (UNAIDS Gap report 2016).
Mildmay Uganda uses low-cost high-impact interventions to change lives and decrease the incidence of new HIV infections.
Mildmay Uganda’s Impact across 2016 has included:
- 758,091 Clients tested for HIV and results received
- 89,889 Clients on life saving HIV medication
- 30,674 women provided with family planning services.
- Reduction in mother-to-child HIV transmission from14% to 4.2% in 9 districts
- 26,278 Orphans and Vulnerable Children reached
- Mildmay opens a school of Nursing, Midwifery and Clinical Officers
Training and Education
Mildmay Uganda, accredited by the National Council for Higher Education, provides health care training and operates a recognised laboratory, technology school and examination centre.
The safe motherhood project has trained 3,946 health workers to provide improved maternity care, safe delivery and skilled birth attendance. Family Planning and safe motherhood services are integrated into Mildmay’s HIV programming.
Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project-changing lives
Buikwe, in the central region of Uganda was severely hit by the HIV epidemic. Many households were left widowed or headed by orphaned and vulnerable children. Mildmay Uganda has been working with Community Based Organisations to reach and support these vulnerable households, strengthening them economically and enabling them to sustain their lives. This project has also increased the uptake in HIV care.
“Every single member of the group has had their lives changed,” Nagawa from Buikwe
DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored, and Safe) is a two year HIV prevention Initiative which works to keep young, vulnerable women free of HIV, addressing risks such as poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence and lack of education. We work to empower these young women, especially those trapped in transactional sex, by teaching them new skills and supporting them to value their own health above the many pressures that increase risk to their lives, health and well-being.
- 22,354 girls and young women have been enrolled on the program, 2,184 young women engaged in transactional sex have be trained in vocational skills giving them hope and opportunity.
When she was fifteen Elizabeth was sent to live with an aunt who beat her and used her as slave labour. Desperate to escape and drawn by promises of a better life, she found herself trapped in transactional sex. Elizabeth can hardly speak about this traumatic time. Many of the men beat her and forced her to have sex without a condom some refused to pay, Then Elizabeth heard about DREAMS and felt this was “a ray of hope” she was tested for HIV and found to be negative. Now enrolled on the programme she has learnt new skills such as bead work and bag making, hairdressing, baking and is now a ‘leader’ amongst her peers. Her story is heart-breaking, but today she has hope for a new future, determined to stay HIV free. “I am determined to tell my story and hope it brings other young women to this project.’
Mildmay Registered Charity no: 292058