MEDICAL Access Uganda Limited (MAUL) has today held its 2014 Annual Partners Forum. Under the Procurement & Supply Chain Strengthening Project (PSSP), MAUL ensures effective logistics management of HIV/AIDS-related commodities at CDC-funded Health Facilities across Uganda. The project aims at building health workers capacity at 215 private-not-for-profit Health facilities to manage commodities with the goal of improving availability in the private-not-for-profit sector through rational quantification, supply planning, procurement and distribution.
The Annual Forum provides an interface between MAUL and its PSSP stakeholders in addition to providing updates on project implementation and stakeholder challenges experienced over the past year. The 2014 Partners’ Forum was held on September 19, 2014 at Hotel Africana under the Theme: “Getting to Zero and Getting the Evidence”. The forum hosted a total of 183 health professionals from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) country programs and various implementing Partners (IPs).
MAUL Executive Director, Sowedi Muyingo appreciated CDC for its continuous financial support, and the IPs for their role in saving thousands of Ugandan lives.
Ms. Monica Dea, Project officer CDC recognized MAUL’s high quality standards. She noted that clients on Anti-retroviral Therapy have increased from 35,000 patients to over 200,000 patients since 2012.
Outstanding Health facilities in logistics management were awarded for consistently improving over time through the Mentorship and Technical Health Systems Strengthening Model (MaTHSS). Performance was categorized as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Those in the Gold category included: Bushenyi Medical Centre, Goli HC III, Reach Out Mbuya, St Joseph Hospital Kitgum, St Kizito Hospital Matany and Dr. Ambrossoli, Kalongo.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye (Health State Minister) appreciated IPs for the role in Preventing mother-to-child HIV Transmission (PMTCT), zero new infections and ensuring zero stock outs of essential supplies. MAUL was also recognized for its commitment, partnership, excellent service, and the national role in the HIV battle.
MAUL is grateful for the funding from the Centers for Disease Control& Prevention through the Procurement & Supply Chain Strengthening Project. This has enabled us to reach more than 200,000 patients in more than 200 Health facilitates with lifesaving drugs over the last 15 years. We also thank the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health for the continuous support and guidance extended to MAUL.
Medical Access Uganda Limited (MAUL), a non-profit organization, pioneered the introduction of antiretroviral medicines to Uganda at the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. MAUL is dedicated to ensuring all patients have access to the highest-quality medicines when they need them, no matter where they live. Since its founding in 1998, MAUL has improved the lives of more than two million patients throughout Uganda by providing diagnostic tests and life-saving medicines. MAUL uses innovative approaches and best practices to purchase and deliver more than 500 medicines that treat HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions. MAUL maintains state-of-the-art warehouses that ensure drug potency and sufficient inventory to prevent shortages.
For more information, please contact:
Anthony Bugembe, Public Relations and Communications Officer, MAUL, +256751998957; firstname.lastname@example.org