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Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP)

HIV-Hypertension integration in Uganda

Status: Complete

Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) is a private-not-for profit non-governmental organization of Makerere University that works to build partnerships and strengthen health systems to optimally respond to HIV/AIDS, TB, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other diseases of public health importance in Africa. In the past 17 years, MJAP has supported the provision of comprehensive and evidence based services for HIV, TB and NCDs prevention, care and treatment in multiple districts of Uganda. MJAP has employed a health systems strengthening approach centered on partnership and collaboration.

With the support of LINKS, MJAP continued their project titled “Integrating Screening and Treatment of Hypertension (HTN) and HIV within HIV Clinics in Uganda using the Behavior Change Wheel (BCW) project” in the Mulago ISS Clinic, Uganda’s largest HIV Clinic (located in the capital city of Kampala). MJAP developed a one-page protocol for hypertension management in the HIV clinical setting and trained healthcare providers on its application and the WHO HEARTS packages. MJAP adapted and implemented WHO HEARTS data collection tools and hypertension indicators, provided a consistent supply of free medicines for hypertension, and supported task shifting.

“This pilot project has provided a basis for large-scale integration of hypertension and HIV care in Uganda and beyond.”

- Dr. Martin Muddu Principal Investigator of the LINKS project at MJAP and Care and Treatment Advisor at MJAP

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