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The PMTCT
Program

Following the release of the landmark HIVNET 012 study results in 1999, MUJHU received Call to Action (CTA) funds through Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) to provide Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services at Mulago Hospital. The hospital was among the first sites to provide PMTCT services in Uganda. The goal of the PMTCT program was to reduce the rate of Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV among women and their partners attending the MCH clinics. This new program was implemented in partnership with Makerere University College of Health Sciences Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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Operations

From 2000 the PMTCT program initially operated in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mulago Hospital. In 2016 the department temporarily shifted to Kawempe Hospital and has since seen the hospital change status and become a national referral hospital.
In 2017 The PMTCT Program then transitioned into the HIV program and offered services beyond PMTCT given the change in the scope of clients served and the need to provide long term comprehensive HIV Care for better clinical outcomes.

Legacy

The initial cohort of clients seen under the PMTCT program in Mulago were retained for follow up and formed the ART clinic at MU-JHU Research House.