Overview

CHAI began working in Uganda in 2007 to increase access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for children living with HIV. CHAI worked with the Ministry of Health to more efficiently distribute medications and scale up early infant diagnosis to ensure that HIV-exposed infants received treatment soon after birth. Today, we are supporting the government to implement the World Health Organization’s (WHO)-recommended ‘Test and Treat’ strategy to provide treatment to all people living with HIV, regardless of disease progression. We are coordinating a consortium of partners to identify and link to care HIV-positive children and adolescents, and use data to better identify and treat pregnant women to reduce mother-to-child transmission. We are also supporting the government to introduce new and better HIV medications and revise health guidelines.

To save the lives of mothers and their babies, we are implementing an integrated approach that promotes lifesaving interventions around childbirth with the aim of reducing deaths by 40 percent and stillbirths by 20 percent in six target districts with eventual scale up to the rest of the country. While mortality for children under five has steadily declined over the last two decades, vaccine-preventable deaths from malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea remain unacceptably high.

CHAI is working with the government and partners to improve vaccine delivery systems with the goal of reaching every child. We are also working alongside the American Cancer Society to improve access to lifesaving diagnosis and treatment for cancer including reducing prices for essential chemotherapies and working alongside the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) to introduce telepathology and access to pathology supplies, utilizing a network of U.S.-based pathologists to provide technical assistance and capacity building support for medical providers.

Our Work
A health worker places a pulse oximeter on a child's finger.

November 15, 2019

Getting oxygen into local hospitals in Uganda

On a recent trip to Uganda, CHAI's Essential Medicines Director had the opportunity to visit several hospitals. In the pediatric ward at the first hospital there were three children receiving oxygen therapy, including a small boy hooked up to an oxygen cylinder.

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July 29, 2019

How a simple diarrhea treatment can save thousands of children’s lives

In a small village in rural east-central Uganda, baby Josephin is happily babbling to her mother Kevina and crawling around the yard. She has recovered from a bout of bad diarrhea that she was suffering from just one day ago...

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December 13, 2018

Improving linkage to treatment and retention in care among people living with HIV in Uganda

Although there has been tremendous progress in HIV testing and treatment access in sub-Saharan Africa and worldwide, linkage to treatment and retention in care for people living with HIV remains a challenge in many settings. Pediatric and adolescent patients tend to be especially high-risk for dropping out of care or never starting treatment after being...

Read More

December 1, 2018

World AIDS Day: The invaluable voice of community in accelerating access to optimal HIV treatment

Sitting and talking with other people living with HIV at a health facility in Uganda, Zane* no longer felt alone. Unlike many of the others there who remained on efavirenz (EFV), he had recently switched to a new treatment regimen that includes dolutegravir (DTG) and could not believe how much better he felt. On DTG,...

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A health worker places a pulse oximeter on a child's finger.

November 15, 2019

Getting oxygen into local hospitals in Uganda

On a recent trip to Uganda, CHAI's Essential Medicines Director had the opportunity to visit several hospitals. In the pediatric ward at the first hospital there were three children receiving oxygen therapy, including a small boy hooked up to an oxygen cylinder.

Read More

July 29, 2019

How a simple diarrhea treatment can save thousands of children’s lives

In a small village in rural east-central Uganda, baby Josephin is happily babbling to her mother Kevina and crawling around the yard. She has recovered from a bout of bad diarrhea that she was suffering from just one day ago...

Read More

December 13, 2018

Improving linkage to treatment and retention in care among people living with HIV in Uganda

Although there has been tremendous progress in HIV testing and treatment access in sub-Saharan Africa and worldwide, linkage to treatment and retention in care for people living with HIV remains a challenge in many settings. Pediatric and adolescent patients tend to be especially high-risk for dropping out of care or never starting treatment after being...

Read More

December 1, 2018

World AIDS Day: The invaluable voice of community in accelerating access to optimal HIV treatment

Sitting and talking with other people living with HIV at a health facility in Uganda, Zane* no longer felt alone. Unlike many of the others there who remained on efavirenz (EFV), he had recently switched to a new treatment regimen that includes dolutegravir (DTG) and could not believe how much better he felt. On DTG,...

Read More
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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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