Over 200 clients (75% being children) are seen daily at the Pediatric Infectious Disease Center (PIDC) in Kampala, Uganda and 60% of these clients need treatment for Opportunistic Infections (OIs). Because of the support from AFCA and other partners, we have been able to achieve reduction in mortality per annum of children below 5 years from 8% in 2007 to 2.5% at present.
Continued support enables PIDC to serve as a one-stop center for management of seriously ill clients minimizing further referrals, and contributing to improved quality of care with minimized operations costs associated with referral treatment.
Most of the children that joined the clinic as infants or toddlers have now grown to young adults, thanks to your support. These children have reached high school and others tertiary training institutions (universities and vocational training colleges). This could not be possible without the continued support from AFCA. The Post Natal Clinic (PNC) receives daily 80-100 babies infected and exposed to HIV. PIDC has been able to treat all the children that turnup at PNC because of the support of our faithful partners.
AFCA provides close to 30% of the Co-trimoxazole, anti-malarials needed for the clients at PIDC and PNC.
Medicine from AFCA have always been apportioned to the neediest of the supported clinics in the country. All these clinics do not get adequate supplies from the Government and hence without any support, health workers would advise patients to buy their own medicines. However, very few patients can afford to buy full course of treatment. When we get the support for medicines, we identify health facilities that are experiencing critical stock outs and serve them what we call buffer stocks as emergency cover while coordinating with the Government for routine supplies. Most times routine supplies do not come and we therefore end up sustaining facilities with buffer stocks. We also monitor stock levels in different supported clinics and move some stocks to others that are experiencing near stock outs. Our findings in the countryside show that our efforts have been greatly appreciated because of vigilance to rationalize limited supplies for medicine to ensure that at least each supported clinic is facilitated to treat its HIV clientele.
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