USAID Kigezi Local Service Delivery Activity

When did the project start and when does it end?

Project Start date: 12 August 2020

Project End Date: 12 August 2025

Who are the funders?

Project is funded by USAID under agreement number 72061720CA00013

What are its objectives?

USAID’s Local Partner Health Services – Kigezi is a five-year Activity (August 12, 2020 – August 11, 2025) implemented by Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) that aims to consolidate the gains made by the USAID RHITES-SW program (2015 – 2022) and to make further gains in context of the HIV and AIDS epidemic control.  The activity is aimed at supporting the continuation of technical assistance for the implementation of a district-based, integrated package of quality HIV/AIDS and TB services to the beneficiary population in the six districts in SW Kigezi sub-region including Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro, Rubanda, Rukiga, and Rukungiri with a total projected population of 1.5 million people. The main goal of the activity is to increase the availability, accessibility and utilization of quality, integrated HIV and TB services. The goal will be achieved through five objectives;

  • Improved quality of facility- based HIV and TB prevention services,
  • Improved quality of facility and community – based HTS services,
  • Increased number of diagnosed people living with HIV and TB initiated on treatment,
  • Increased number of people diagnosed with HIV and TB on treatment achieving viral suppression.
  • All targeted districts with institutional capacity to sustain epidemic control.

What has it achieved so far?

By the end of the semiannual period (FY21Q2) LPHS-Kigezi had circumcised 6,600 individuals which was 60% of the annual target; reached 1,937 key populations which was 77.6% of the annual target with individual and/or small group-level HIV prevention interventions designed for the target population. The activity had supported 2,114 priority populations to complete a standardized HIV prevention minimum package of interventions against an annual target of 1,852 representing 114% achievement of the annual target. LPHS-Kigezi had supported 2,231 people to receive post-gender-based violence (GBV) clinical care based on the minimum package.

The activity had distributed 1,519 HIV ST test-kits, which was an achievement of 86% against FY21 annual HIV ST target of 1,771. The activity supported 78 ART sites to enroll 684 new clients on treatment representing an achievement of 111 % against an annual target of 618.  LPHS-Kigezi provided treatment to 27,915 clients representing an achievement of 92 % against the FY21 target of 30,431. Ninety five percent of the clients whose viral load was drawn were virally suppressed (<1000 copies/ml). Because of the quality health services offered in Kigezi, the activity will be expanding to Lango effective October 2021 to cover 9 additional districts of Lira, Oyam, Otuke, Alebtong, Dokolo, Apac, Kwania, Kole and Amolatar with support from Lango.