Site Principal Investigator(s): Barbara Castelnuovo, MD; Aggrey Semeere, MMED
Data Manager: John Matovu
The Infectious Disease Institute is a regional center of excellence for HIV/AIDS treatment, research and training in sub-Saharan Africa. With initial support from Pfizer, the Infectious Disease Institute was established by the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa, a prominent group of infectious disease experts from Uganda and North America. The Infectious Disease Institute clinic provides comprehensive HIV care to adults in the age range 16 -84 with a median age of 38 year. They provide special services for high-risk groups or those requiring specialized care. At the moment, specialized clinic are run for young adults (ages 16 -24). Since 2004, over 37,700 HIV-positive patients have registered for care at IDI, and over 96 percent are receiving anti-retroviral therapy as of March 31,2016. Just over 1,000 patients were receiving second-line ART at the clinic; making it one of Africa’s largest cohorts of patients receiving second-line therapy. More than 300 receive more complex ART drug regimens, either due to co-current opportunistic infections other medical problems (such as kidney disease) or failure of second-line ART treatment.
The Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) also supports the provision of HIV prevention, care and treatment services through outreach activities at Kampala City Council clinics and in several districts in South-western Uganda. By the end of September 2015, Infectious Disease Institute had supported the enrollment of over 100,000 active HIV positive individuals into HIV care across its supported outreach projects. The clinic also serves as a platform for IDI’s research and training activities. There is an increasing emphasis on developing models of care for co-morbidities of HIV—such as TB and Kaposi’s sarcoma. The range of services include: HIV patients; integrated TB-HIV clinic, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, adolescents’ clinic, discordant couples clinic, senior citizens clinic, mental health clinic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) clinic and Kaposi’s sarcoma(KS) clinic.