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Towards an AIDS free generation in Uganda: communities taking lead in reaching all children! (TAFU2)

Following the successful pilot phase of the Towards an AIDS free generation in Uganda (TAFU) programme, Aidsfonds and four Ugandan organisations have started the next phase of the programme:  TAFU2: communities taking lead in reaching all children!

In the start-up phase of the program some of the lessons from the first phase were immediately incorporated. The training manual for the training of the Community Health Workers was revised and in the training an extra focus was made on documentation of referrals and on activity reporting. District political and administrative leaders were engaged from the start, a.o. in the selection of the sub-counties and the Community Health Workers, and in the training of the CHWs. By involving the local government from the start, we hope to build sustainability of the approach from the start.

The story of Kizza (10) and his mum

TAFU2 program: Communities taking lead in reaching all children

In Uganda, 96.000 children are living with HIV and only 63% of them are on treatment. Too many of them are not on treatment, and of those who are, a significant number drops out of care, a.o. because of stigma and economic  constraints. These children can only be traced and supported in the communities where they are born and cared for. Yet most programs are health facility-based and thus do not reach these children.

Towards an AIDS free generation (TAFU2) is a community-based programme, that addresses barriers that are hindering children living with HIV access to treatment, by:

  • capacitating community groups to take lead in reaching all children;
  • strengthening collaboration between community structures and health facilities, towards a more effective tracing, referral and follow-up system for children affected by HIV;
  • using and building on national and district level strategies, policy guidelines and service delivery systems.

In the programme approach the Community Health Workers play a linking role between community groups, health facilities and households.

The programme’s goals are the same as in the first phase:

  • A reduction in new HIV infections among children
  • More children living with HIV are enrolled and retained in treatment.

TAFU2 works in 5 districts: Mubende & Mityana (in Central Region), Kyenjojo (Western Region), Ntugnamo (South Western Region) and Soroti (Eastern Region).

The implementing partners are:

  • Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU)
  • The National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (Nafophanu)
  • Health Need Uganda (HNU)
  • Appropriate Revival Initiatives for Strategic Empowerment (ARISE)

 Interested to know more?

An introductory flyer of the program is available for download. For questions and more information please feel free to contact Doortje 't Hart, TAFU program manager at Aidsfonds or Merian Musinguzi, TAFU program coordinator at Aidsfonds.