“ Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP) has handed over a Pima CD4 machine, a simple, effective point of care machine used for measuring CD4 count to Makerere University Hospital (MUH). The machine enables patients to get their CD4 results in less than 20 minutes which guides the clinician in offering timely treatment.
In the picture: Dr Jennifer Namusobya, MJAP ED hands over PIMA Machine to Prof. Banabas Nawangere – VC MUK as Dr. Margaret Wandera – Ag Director MUK Hospital & Dr Cecilia Nawavvu – MJAP Program Manager , Kampala look on.
“This Pima CD4 machine is indeed a significant improvement in HIV care at Makerere University Hospital. Patients do not have to make a second trip to the hospital to get their results, a costly and time-consuming process that not every patient is able to afford,” Dr. Jennifer Namusobya, Executive Director, MJAP said during the handover of the equipment at MUH.
The Pima CD4 counter is a fast and convenient innovation and its supplies and consumables are available at National Medical Stores(NMS) which also has a local team of experts to offer service and maintenance.
During the same event, MJAP also donated a microscope for general specimen examination to build the capacity of the University Hospital laboratory. The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barbanas Nawangwe who received the equipment on behalf of the hospital lauded MJAP for its contribution saying “Makerere University is very grateful to MJAP for their continuous support towards the comprehensive HIV care services of the Hospital. The donation of a PIMA machine and Microscope to the hospital will greatly supplement the services, more especially the laboratory at the University Hospital. ” The Makerere University Hospital serves students and staff of Makerere and the community at large. “Health care is important to this university because when we have healthy students, they are able to perform better,” he added as he pledged enhanced support to the hospital.
CD4 cells are a type of white blood cells that help our bodies fight infections. The lower a patient’s CD4 count, the weaker their immune system and more advanced their HIV. CD4 counts are used to determine when an HIV-positive patient should begin antiretroviral therapy, commonly referred to as ART. Over the past decade, MJAP through funding from PEPFAR and technical assistance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with Makerere University to provide and scale up HIV Testing and Counselling Services, Basic HIV/AIDS care, TB/HIV integrated services, ART including Post exposure prophylaxis, safe male circumcision and support for survivors of sexual and gender based violence. MJAP offers these services in Mulago, Mbarara, Butabika, and Makerere University Hospitals and health centres in Mbarara.