THETA as a champion in community based eMTCT, implemented a project in 10 districts of Lira, Alebtong, Otuke, Oyam, Ngora, Bukedea, Tororo, Butaleja and Rakia. The program funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was implemented through the district local government structures. The project goal was to increase uptake of Uganda national PMTCT program through building community-based models that can be replicated nation wide.
The aim was to increase the knowledge of PMTCT at community level among sexually active population through home to home teaching and small groups community dialogues, strengthen community-facility referral networks for increased access to ARV prophylaxis by HIV positive pregnant women and their exposed babies and promote access to early infant diagnosis of HIV among HIV exposed babies.
THETA also partnered with Mildmay Uganda to train health workers in family support group concepts for uptake of option Bplus in nine Mildmay supported districts of central Uganda. As a result 210,896 people were reached with PMTCT messages of which 62.5 % people reached were of the target group of Pregnant and lactating mothers. 85.7% of the mothers were reached with their partners and 14,244 of the mothers were HIV positive mothers.
Also during the period 274,425 people were referred to health facilities for various PMTCT services. Among people referred were 89,350 (32.6%) pregnant and lactating women, 6,019 (16.7%) male partners. The rest were males and youths. Of the women referred 54,652 were pregnant and 34,698 lactating. A total of 73,356 women (44,469 pregnant and 28,887 lactating) were followed up in the community for various services. Of those followed up, 10,004 (13.6%) women were known HIV positive mothers to support adherence to treatment and EID. Pregnant and lactating women were also followed up to identify the services they received at health facilities and for any appropriate referral to health facilities.