IDI is a Ugandan not-for-profit organization, established within Makerere University, whose mission is “To strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases, through Research and Capacity building”. The IDI Adult clinic at Mulago national referral hospital is recognized by MoH as a Centre of Excellence (CoE) providing specialist adult HIV care and treatment services. IDI is both a direct provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and a technical assistance organization for health systems strengthening (HSS). IDI currently provides prevention, care and treatment for over 160,000 (June 2017) people living with HIV (PLHIV) in urban and rural Uganda (about 12% of the national effort), through partnerships with government and non-government health facilities. IDI has a research programme comprising about 50 current projects (clinical trials; observational studies; and research capacity building) and has over 500 articles (June 2017) cumulatively published in peer-reviewed journals. IDI is also committed to major long-term outreach programmes to build health systems capacity in urban and rural areas across Uganda, especially by strengthening district health systems. It is currently the PEPFAR lead implementing partner in 18 districts in Uganda, including Kampala district. The Institute has innovative governance, with its own independent board, and operates as an autonomous entity within the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University. IDI has an annual turnover of about $37 m at present from a broad funding base, with over 80 projects currently in progress. Projects with a mutli-year value of about $120m are funded specifically by four different US government agencies: CDC, NIH, USAID and DoD). IDI’s well-staffed, experienced Grants Management, M&E and Finance departments ensure financial integrity and compliance to funder terms and conditions, and they have been responsible for the management of over 140 cumulative projects funded by over 40 different partners over the last fifteen years with no qualified audit reports (including annual A-133 audits).
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