Services: Technical Assistance, Strategic Planning, Training, Quality Assurance and Improvement, Capacity Development
Technical Expertise: Health Care Waste Management, Social and Behavior Change, Health Supply Chain Management, Universal Health Coverage, HIV, Infectious Diseases, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation, Youth & Adolescent Health/OVC
Northern Uganda has a history of armed conflict, now more than two decades old, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of children, women and men and has led to displacement of huge numbers of people who now live in camps of internally displaced persons. When the project started, the armed struggle in the region had resulted in a situation whereby districts had not fully benefited from the overall impressive national progress made by HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria programs in other parts of Uganda. HIV prevalence in the North remained high at 9.1%, and although HIV and AIDS services were available in all districts of the North, they were of varied quality and typically restricted to towns and municipalities.
The Northern Uganda Malaria AIDS & Tuberculosis Program (NUMAT) was a six-year USAID-funded program launched in 2006. NUMAT expanded the geographic coverage and populations served through strengthening local government responses, expanding the role of communities in planning implementation and monitoring activities, and building upon existing networks.
NUMAT expanded access to and utilization of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria prevention, treatment, care, and support. Working in partnership with district government and service providers, NUMAT provided critical support to decentralize clinical services, increase the engagement of communities, foster people living with HIV to be leaders in the response to the epidemic, and test new innovations to address long standing problems, including access to reliable laboratory services and meeting human resource needs.
Today, local government in 15 districts is better able to plan, implement and monitor HIV, TB and malaria services, using data for decisionmaking. The number of people who know their HIV status and are in care, including those receiving treatment, has increased significantly. Safe male circumcision services are more widely available and jointly offered with cervical cancer screening. High quality HIV-related laboratory results are available to clinicians to better guide treatment. Men and women living with HIV have become service providers in their communities and advocate for fair and equitable treatment. Comprehensive community based prevention and support services are available and sustainable.
NUMAT was implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. in partnership with AIDS Information Centre (AIC), World Vision, local governments, and civil society partners.
For more information about the project, please visit http://www.numat.jsi.com
For resources from the project, including technical briefs, annual reports, and success stories, please visit http://www.numat.jsi.com/Resources/index.htm