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AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s ‘Uganda Cares,’ an innovative HIV/AIDS treatment partnership between AHF and the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH), is honored to announce that it has surpassed a significant milestone in its history and in the fight against AIDS in Africa: Uganda Cares now provides care and services for over 50,000 adult and pediatric HIV/AIDS patients in its free treatment clinics located throughout Uganda. The first Uganda Cares clinic opened in Masaka in February 2002, and the group became the first organization in the country to provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) outside the capital city of Kampala. By March 2003, Uganda Cares was providing care and antiretroviral treatment for 100 patients; in the eight years since, it has dutifully shepherded the program’s growth to the 50,000 patient benchmark. Uganda Cares has since become one of the country’s largest providers of AIDS treatment, and the project was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS as a best practice model for delivery of ART in 2003.

“On behalf of all of our patients, their families and our dedicated staff in Uganda, words are not enough to thank our Ministry of Health, civil society and district leaders and AIDS Healthcare Foundation for 50,000 lives that have been saved over the past ten years through Uganda Cares,” said Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, Africa Bureau Chief for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “As we stop to celebrate this remarkable achievement in the coming weeks, we shall also continue to be steadfast in looking to the future to reach—and save—many, many more lives in the years to come.”

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