Skip to main content

Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission Campaign launch held in Teso sub region

The EMTCT Campaign was launched in the Teso sub region on Friday 31st July 2015 under the sub theme: Keeping families in Care. The Guest of Honor was the Champion herself , the First Lady, Mrs. Janet K. Museveni. During her speech, she thanked the campaign organizing team which had been with her  throughout the campaign in the other sub regions, for making this yet another successful function. 

Mrs. Museveni interacting with the HIV positive parents who have successfully given birth to HIV negative babies through the EMTCT programme

Mrs. Museveni said that this campaign is aimed at making people angry enough to commit themselves to being part of having an HIV free generation through total elimination of Mother to Child transmission of HIV. She reminded the fathers that they have a duty to their wives, children and entire families to be responsible and keep them safe. In addition to this, she said that it was beautiful to listen to then children who are born HIV negative say in their own words that their mothers were their heroes for protecting them. She ended her speech by encouraging both development and implementing partners to keep fighting until the campaign has yielded recommendable results. 

Also present at the function were the Emorimor and his wife, Minister of State for Primary Health - Hon Sarah Opendi, Minister of State for Teso Affairs - Hon Christine Amongin Aporu, Deputy Director of CDC, Country Director UNFPA, Country Representative UNAIDS, Representative of the UN Resident Coordinator, Hon. Chairperson of LC V Chairpersons in Teso Sub region, RDC Soroti, Chairman Uganda AIDS Commission, Director General Uganda AIDS Commission and the Director General for Health Services.

The Director General for Health services said that the campaign still has two regions left before it ends. These would be held in Masaka and Kiruhura districts. She also said that the Ministry of Health was preparing to carry out another HIV impact assessment to measure the progress made with the existing HIV prevention interventions.

The Emorimor (cultural leader) thanked the development and implementing partners for taking services to the people in Teso. He advised his people to get tested so that they could make informed decision about their health.

Dr. Flora Banage from the CDC said that if the developed countries have been able to almost wipe out Mother to Child HIV transmission, then the developing countries have hope of doing the same. 

TASO Soroti Drama Group performing during the function
According to Dr. Bungudu from UNAIDS, Uganda still has 67% of its children born with HIV and not yet on treatment. He requested that the populace be explained to clearly and in their languages what interventions such as Safe Male Circumcision mean. 

TASO had an exhibition stall, a group of mothers and their children who were born HIV negative as well as the TASO Soroti Drama Group which received a rousing applause for having the most relevant item of entertainment for the community.
TASO Soroti mothers with their children born under the EMTCT programme


Popular posts from this blog

How is TASO contributing towards the fight against Malaria in Uganda?

1.TASO provides malaria tests for its clients at all its Centers of Excellence in Entebbe, Gulu, Jinja, Masaka, Masindi, Mbale, Mbarara, Mulago, Rukungiri, Soroti and Tororo. 2.TASO was awarded another funding opportunity by the Global Fund making it the 2nd Principle Recipient (PR) of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the period 2018—2020 to implement malaria interventions. This work is managed through the TASO Grants Management Unit (GMU) which supports the National Control Programme towards realization of the goals of the Uganda Malaria Reduction Strategic Plan (UMRSP). Under the new funding, malaria activities implemented by TASO include:· Community interventions such as the malaria component of the Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) for children under the age of 5 Trainings for cadres at different levels to ensure quality ICCM service deliveryTraining of Private for Profit (PFP) sector in the Integrated Management of Malaria and routine Health M…

12 years now and we are still alive thanks to Bono.

The year was 2002 when Bono visited TASO Mulago unit. He was greatly impressed by the work being done by TASO staff but especially by the Peer Support Group, of 25 HIV positive clients, which was using music, dance and drama to sensitize their communities. Bono was moved by the fact that while the group members had courageously given a human face to HIV in Uganda, they were weak and needed more help. He asked what he could do to help TASO. 
Thinking that they had very little time left to live, members of the group thought that it would be better for them to receive financial support so that they could each buy a piece of land and possibly build houses for their respective families. The then Executive Director - Dr. Alex Coutinho -suggested that rather than receive financial aid, Bono could donate life prolonging drugs to the group. This was because TASO had not yet rolled out the ART programme within its units. This would enable the members to live long enough to build th…