About Our Organization
The core of our team includes some of the most prominent names in mobile HIV
intervention evidenced by the success of their programs. They bring extensive
experience in strengthening and building capacity within healthcare systems.
Our team has gathered to scale up implementation of their groundbreaking
HIV/AIDS interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Our Chairman, Dr. Paul Williams, transformed a rural clinic at the edge of
Uganda’s Impenetrable Forest into the Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH) serving
100,000 people. With the support of the Elton John Foundation, he implemented a
mobile HIV clinic and outreach program to provide testing, counseling, CD4
diagnostics and treatment to previously unreached villages. The program has
reduced mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in the region to less than 1%.
Dr. Williams utilized the clinic in an intervention that virtually eliminated
malaria in the region and adapted the clinic to address tuberculosis. He also
introduced an affordable HMO style payment model to help underwrite costs at
Bwindi Community Hospital. A key to Dr. William’s success was his health census
project which mapped households in the region via GPS, tracking them using
BCH’s administrative program. Ongoing data on such factors as malnutrition &
disabilities is also collected by Village Healthcare Promoters (VHP).
Our Chief Advisor, Dr. Peter Mugyenyi, is Founder and Director of the Joint
Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Mugyenyi is one of the
world’s foremost specialists in the field of HIV/AIDS and helped lay the
groundwork for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
His work includes the TREAT program, which conducted six mobile clinics every
month providing HIV Testing & Counseling (HTC) and Antiretroviral Drug
Treatment (ART) to remote
communities. The JCRC’s program with the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative
(CHAI) also included mobile outreach clinics and increased the number of
children tested for HIV infection, children in HIV care and children enrolled
Board member Benon Biryahwaho, MB, ChB; PhD, heads the team at the Uganda Virus
Research Institute (UVRI), which monitors the HIV epidemic by mapping
vulnerable population using periodic surveys. As UVRI Lab Director, he
mobilized resources to build and strengthen central reference lab capacity to
establish a countrywide network of lab partnerships; successfully increasing
the number of upcountry hospital units able to run quality HIV testing. Dr.
Biryahwaho holds a PhD awarded by the Faculty of Medicine, University of
Glasgow, UK and was recognized by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health, for his study of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Board member Thandi Nhlengethwa is the Executive Director of The AIDS
Information Support Center (TASC), our community-based partner in Swaziland.
TASC is recognized as a Best Practice NGO for its ongoing HTC outreach programs
in support of public health. Thandi pioneered mobile HTC outreach services in
Swaziland in 1999 and was a contributor to Swaziland’s guidelines on HIV
Testing & Counseling.
Board member Kim Beer is a consultant to the World Bank, the UN Development
Program and several other organizations regarding supply chain management
involving commodities for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Kim’s work was
integral to the success of a mobile HIV clinic project in Malawi.
“The face of HIV has been radically changed for
100,000 people living in the Bwindi area. A killer disease has become a
manageable condition, stigma is improving all of the time, and HIV in newborn
babies has almost been eliminated.”
Dr. Paul Williams
Each of our mobile HIV clinics will
test, counsel, provide prevention education and condoms to 49,000 + sub Saharan
Africans annually on average. We intend to arrange treatment for all those
testing HIV positive. Our first 10 mobile HIV clinics will test 2.4 million
people, many for the first time. 31 of our mobile clinics can test the
equivalent of every untested HIV positive person in rural sub-Saharan Africa
over a 5 year period. Each mobile clinic will serve an average population of
150,000 people and plans to achieve 80% coverage by the end of 3 years, as each
transitions from providing mostly testing to mainly delivering treatment to HIV