MPs that sit on the parliamentary committee on HIV/AIDS take a site tour of Mildmay Uganda

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Parliamentarians Laud Mildmay Uganda for Fight against HIV/AIDS

Created On : 01 August 2019 - Last Updated : 01 August 2019

The Parliamentary Committee on HIV/AIDS and other aspects on Tuesday lauded Mildmay Uganda for the selfless and tremendous work in the fight against the epidemic during an oversight visit and tour of the hospital.  The committee members, under the leadership of Sironko Woman MP Florence Nambozo Wamala, were received by the Director Medical Services, Dr. Yvonne Karamagi who led them on a site tour that started at the reception, pharmacy were drugs are dispensed, maternity ward, the accredited main laboratory, the out-patient department (Bethany), ending at the Nursing and Midwifery skills laboratory.

MPs are taken through the activities that happen at Pharmacy and Maternity wards

The tour was both an appreciation and learning experience for the legislators about the four autonomous business arms of Mildmay Uganda that include Mildmay Uganda Hospital, Mildmay Institute of Health Sciences (MIHS), the Mildmay Center of Research and Strategic Information (MUCREST) and health programs being implemented. 

MPs are taken through the activities that happen at the pharmacy and maternity wards

After thorough scrutiny of the operations at MIHS, the committee members deemed it is appropriate for the health facility to be awarded a University status and also be budgeted for by the Ministry of health to ensure its services are upgraded. The institute teaches more than 1,000 nurses and midwives annually. Hon. Namboozo suggested that it is high time government also adopts a strategy that would help such an institution be funded for its sustainability and that of the people it offers services.

L-R: MPs on a learning tour at the main and school of nursing and midwifery skilling laboratories

The visit was later crowned off with a meeting at Suubi Hall, where the Members of Parliament (MPs) expressed their satisfaction and pride towards the tremendous work happening at Mildmay Uganda. “I always pass this place as I head to the airport and had never imagined such great work happens here,” Hon. Nambozo said. “What is being done here is visible; it is tangible. We appreciate you for the good work being done here. You are indeed an exceptional institution and your work here has given us enrichment to our report as we push for the HIV/AIDS Trust Fund.”

Inside Suubi Hall in an engagement with senior management of Mildmay Uganda and the legislators

Hon Denis Hamson Obua, Ajuri County MP who revealed that he had been at the facility 12 years ago as Uganda hosted The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting only had praise for the work. “Today, I return like the 01 of 10 lepers in the bible that were healed who returned to Jesus to say, 'Thank you for the great work.” “As politicians, we are given a lot of airtime to speak to the masses, and as guided by the committee chairman, we pledge to talk about Mildmay Uganda and the great work being done here."

Dr. Prof. Rev Lugoba, Mildmay Uganda Board Chairman thanked the MPs for taking time off their busy schedule to make the visit and see what first-hand the work Mildmay Uganda does. “Mildmay Uganda has over the last 20 years transitioned from being a medical facility offering treatment to about 3000 HIV/AIDS patients to over 17,000 now.  We have strategically planned to respond to constraints and emerging priorities in health care, and over these years evolved into a center of excellence for HIV and palliative care. We have an accredited research center, and are running a diploma-awarding institution of higher specializing in health sciences accredited by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). We have 30 courses accredited for diploma programmes, and we have applied to the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) and the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to be a degree-awarding institution. We believe, with your (MPs) support, within our 30-year-master plan, we will have a fully-fledged training facility.”
The Director General, Uganda AIDS Commission, Dr. Nelson Musoba applauded Mildmay Uganda for the tremendous effort at the frontline in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “Uganda has made tremendous progress in the fight against HIV with the number of infections reducing by about 50% over the last 08 years. This is because of support from partners such as Mildmay Uganda who are getting funding from PEPFAR. We have seen the great job that you are doing; the type of unique care that Mildmay Uganda provides to patients and hope that it opens up doors so that other centers can learn from you so that internally this quality of care can spread across and is delivered in other areas of the country.”

Hon. Namboozo and Dr. Yvonne make their submission. Hon. Namboozo lauded Mildmay for being an exceptional institution

Dr. Yvonne Karamagi, Director Medical Services, expressed gratitude towards the committee and the Uganda AIDS Commission. “We get encouraged (with such visits) and hope you have seen the kind of work we do with support from government, donors, and the communities around us whose needs we respond to. We serve over 17,000 clients living with HIV and have done this for the last 20 years. We are running various modalities of care – we give services at health facilities and in communities using differentiated services delivery models. We are happy to see that many people are living longer, having babies born HIV negative. In the districts where we work, we are having a 2% mother-to-child-transmission which used to be 19% in the last few years. That is a milestone. We have also contributed to building the human resource of Uganda offering academic courses to over 1,000 students in this short time that we have been active as an institute.” 

Dr. Karamagi also informed the committee that Mildmay Uganda conducts research through Mildmay Uganda Center for Research and Strategic Information supporting Ministry of Health to develop the National Quality Insurance System Dashboard and participated in many other research studies contributing to policy.”

MPs Mbwatekemwa and Obua during an engagement inside Suubi Hall

The MPs pledged to begin a discussion that will ensure Mildmay Uganda is added to the national grid of public health facilities the National Medical Stores supplies antiretroviral (ARV) HIV drugs to since it’s a hospital that serves the general public. They also vowed to push for a cross-over bridge that will allow clients easy cross over to the Mildmay Uganda premises, ensure Mildmay Uganda sets foot in other regions of Uganda to serve the nation and actively be part of the process that will see to it that the Mildmay Uganda 30-year Master Plan (attached) is achieved.

The delegation included Hon Etuka Isaac (Upper Madi-Okollo Constituency), Hon. Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Kasambya County), Hon. Kakooza Joseph (Buwekula County), Hon. Rose Masaaba Mutonyi (Bubulo County West), Hon. Tom Aza Alero (West Moyo), Hon. Denis Hamson Obua (Ajuri County), Hon. Andrew Kiiza Kaluya (Kigulu South), Hon. Florence Nambozo Wamala (Sironko Woman) and Hon. Joel Ssebikaali (Ntwetwe County).

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