USAID’s nationwide, workplace project, enabled more than 12,200 government workers to deliver workplace-based HIV services to over 710,000 public sector employees, police and prison personnel, their families, and the surrounding communities.
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 22, 2014
KAMPALA – U.S. Mission Uganda today announced the successful completion of the Supporting Public Sector Workplaces to Expand Action and Responses to HIV/AIDS (SPEAR) project, funded by the United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID). The public sector is Uganda's largest employer and is profoundly affected by the threat that HIV/AIDS poses, particularly to young and middle-aged adults at the peak of productivity. It cripples productivity through absenteeism and the death of workers and their relatives while increasing expenditures for health care and recruitment of new personnel.
USAID’s SPEAR program, a nationwide workplace project, enabled more than 12,200 government workers to deliver workplace-based HIV services to over 710,000 public sector employees, police and prison personnel, their families, and the surrounding communities. Services included HIV counseling and testing, sexual prevention behavior change peer education, family planning, elimination of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), antiretroviral therapy and support, and tuberculosis screening and treatment. An accelerated scale-up by training health workers resulted in circumcision of over 48,000 men, including pioneering expansion to the Karamoja region in the final year of the project. The project also supported the Uganda Police Force and the Prisons Services to receive accreditation of 19 ART service sites and 14 Option B+ service sites, resulting in 1,291 people started on Option B+ and over 8,000 on ART.
“I am proud of the program’s achievements over the years, and we have seen a tremendous progress in reducing HIV prevalence in the public sector workplace, especially in the Ugandan police force,” said Mark Meassick, USAID Uganda Deputy Mission Director. He added, “We have been able to work closely with local district governments to build their capacity through training resource persons in the region, such as Village Health Teams, to carry out set activities.”
Through the SPEAR program, buildings for police and prison staff have been renovated to help improve the quality of service delivery and increase uptake of health services. Health facilities were equipped with high quality, standard-of-care medical equipment and clinicians were trained for prevention of mother-to-child transmission and safe male circumcision. SPEAR was implemented by World Vision International in partnership with the Research Triangle Institute.
For additional information, please visit http://www.usaid.gov/uganda
Last updated: June 06, 2014