Towards an AIDS free generation in Uganda
In Uganda 193,500 children under 14 years old are estimated to be living with HIV. More than half of these children are not yet on care. 43 infants continue to be born with HIV every day. This has to change! This program aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections among infants and to increase the number of HIV-positive children on treatment in 5 districts in Uganda.
The urgency: children are dying!
Worldwide 3,2 million children (aged 0-14) are living with HIV, and only 762,921 of them are ontreatment. This means that only 24% of the children living with HIV is actually receiving treatment. Thisnumber is shockingly lower than that for adults (38%).Without treatment half of the children living with HIV will have died by the age of 2, and the majority will have died before they are 5 years old. Currently 520 children die every day of AIDS-related causes, as a result of lack of knowing their status and receivingtreatment. This needs to stop!
In Uganda 193,500 children under 14 years old are estimated to be living with HIV. More than half of these children are not yet on care. 43 infants continue to be born with HIV every day. This has to change!
Towards an AIDS Free Generation programme in a nutshell
Towards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda (TAFU) program aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections among infants and to increase the number of HIV-positive children on treatment in 5 districts in Uganda. The project started early 2015 and will be operational in 5 districts: Mubende and Mityana (Central Region), Serere district (Teso Region) and Moroto and Napak (Karamoja region).
The project has a 3-folded approach:
- Mobilizing communities in 5 districts to address barriers to testing, treatment and adherence, and to create awareness around paediatric HIV treatment and the specific needs of children living with HIV.
- Empowering 3500 HIV-affected families socially and economically to retain mothers and children in care, and to mobilize support for those families with children living with HIV.
- Strengthening tracing, referral and follow-up systems for HIV positive women and children especially at the lower levels of the health care system; and to improve coordination between village health teamsand health centres.
By linking effectively to national level strategies, we improve HIV treatment coverage for children and increase the number of infants born HIV-free in Uganda.
The partners in the programme
The following local organisations are implementing the project:
- Community Health Alliance Uganda (CHAU)
- The National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda (Nafophanu)
- Health Need Uganda (HNU)
- Pentecostal Assemblies of God – Karamoja Integrated Development Programme (PAG-KIDEP)
- Deliverance Church Uganda – The AIDS Intervention Programme (DCU-TAIP)
To make the program effective and sustainable, the following stakeholders are involved:
At community level:
- Church support groups
- Local leaders and religious leaders
- PLHIV support groups and child support groups
- Village Health Teams
At district level:
- Health Centres and the Health care workers
- District health teams
- Civil Society Organisations
At national level:
- Ministry of Health of Uganda – AIDS Control program
- Clinton Health Access Initiative
- International NGOs working the area of PMTCT and paediatric HIV
Interested to know more?
An introductory flyer of the program is available for download. At the start of the project, a baseline is conducted. For questions and more information please feel free to contact Doortje 't Hart, senior advisor Children Affected by AIDS atAidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!)