TASO started working in Masindi - mid western Uganda - in 2005. It began its operations in Masindi Hospital after a baseline survey was carried out in Bunyoro region in 2004 that showed that Masindi was a unique enclave with few AIDS Service organisations yet a rather high HIV prevalence rate. It started up the former private ward of the hospital with counseling done under a mango tree and medical services offered in a tent. A 15 roomed building was then constructed, in addition to the private ward, to improve on confidentiality of client information and working conditions. Land was donated to TASO by the Muncipal Council and it awaits development.
Masindi is home to the Murchison Falls and is known for being on the other side of the Murchison Falls National Park, the biggest national park in Uganda . It has a growing population of mostly migrant workers and investors hoping to cash in on the oil boom.
By June 2018, TASO Masindi had served and improved the lives of 3,992 clients 2,580 (female) and 1,412(male), their families and communities. It operates within a 75km radius and its catchment area covers the districts of Masindi, Kiryandongo, Hoima & Buliisa served by 16 full time staff and 23 volunteers.
TASO Masindi contributes to the TASO vision of a world without HIV and AIDS by providing a comprehensive package through the following services to children, adolescents, youth and adults (as appropriate);
- Psychosocial Services: (adherence counseling, condom/lubricant education and distribution, Gender Based Violence screening, peer counseling, risk reduction counseling, behavior change communication, referral for other psychosocial needs not provided such as economic needs and education)
- Clinical Services: (Nutrition monitoring, adherence measurement, Tuberculosis screening, Opportunistic Infections examinations if any, Laboratory investigation (Viral Load and CD4 count); weight monitoring, Mental Health screening.
Mondays - general clinics and community interventions e.g.Intensive Adherence Counseling, mother baby pair follow ups, follow up of missed/lost to follow clients and HIV Testing Services.
Tuesday, Thursday - Community and Facility Drug Distribution
Last Thursday of the month - Adolescent Clinic
First Wednesday in the month - Corporate Clinic
Second, third and fourth Wednesdays - PMTCT Clinic
Friday - General clinic, Community activities like clients home visits, home care and community intervention programs.
It has also been involved in a number of research studies and collaborations such as;
- Self testing among the fisher folk at Buliisa Landing site in Buliisa District.
The Center is headed by a Center Programme Manager who is supported by three (3) heads of department which are: Psychosocial, Finance and Monitoring and Evaluation
The Center has a Center Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of (Nine) 09 members headed by a Chairperson. This is the Center/Community arm of the TASO Organisational Board of Trustees.
The Center also has Clients' Council made up of Ten (10) members headed by a Chairperson. This is the governing decision making body for all the clients served at the Center whether at the facility or in outreach clinics such as Community Drug Distribution Points.
The Center's major sources of funding include;
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through Infectious Diseases Control.
Call to membership
You too can make a difference in the lives of people infected and affected by becoming a TASO Subscriber Member. One can become an individual or corporate member and make an annual subscription towards a basket fund. This basket fund was set up to cater for budgeted items that are not covered by the donors.
As a fully registered TASO Subscriber Member you are eligible, among other things, if nominated and elected, to serve on the Center Advisory Committee and eventually the TASO Board of Trustees.
An Annual General Meeting is held every September to give accountability not only to the donors but to the Subscriber Members as well.
Center Programme Manager
Dr. Priscilla Ajambo
Mobile:+257 752 774 144