Short Report

Saving Mothers Giving Life: A Northern Uganda Photo Story

The Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project was a five year (2012-2017) private–public partnership (PPP) aimed at rapidly reducing maternal and newborn mortality in selected districts of Uganda, Zambia, and Nigeria. In Uganda, which has a maternal mortality ratio of 438/100,000 live births (UDHS, 2011), the ASSIST project provided continuous quality improvement support to the 12 month SMGL proof of concept phase in the four districts of Western Uganda (Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole and Kibaale).

Working with peer mothers to improve retention of mother-baby pairs in care

Engagement of peer mothers to support retention of mother-baby pairs in care, as well as to support newly diagnosed HIV positive pregnant women to remain in care during antenatal care (ANC) is a relatively new concept in the Northern region of Uganda. Two key emerging roles of the peer mothers include coordination of the HIV positive mothers’ savings groups and the involvement of male partners in care.

Guide to Using the Community Client Led ART Delivery Model in Uganda

Achieving the UNAIDS 90–90–90 targets calls for the adoption of innovative and efficient strategies for delivering HIV and prevention, care, and treatment services that address the needs of different sub-populations of clients under HIV care. Programmatic adaptations for delivering HIV and TB prevention and care services based on patients’ needs are referred to as differentiated HIV and TB service delivery models’.

Empathy as tool for minimizing the self-stigma and binding groups together

This success story shares the experience of a young woman who, when diagnosed as HIV-positive, received support from ASSIST-trained Peer Mentors in Tanzania. The peer mentors helped her gain skills to manage her health and provided emotional support to her. Over time, she became a peer mentor, motivated by her experience and driven to assist others who her in the same situation.