Care Treatment & Support
Care, treatment, and support are integral components of TASO’s commitment to comprehensive healthcare for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS
HIV care and support refers to key non-antiretroviral therapy clinical services, the treatment of HIV-related infections and non-clinical services that in combination with antiretroviral therapy contribute towards the reduction of rates of ill health and AIDS-related deaths among people living with HIV.
As access to antiretroviral therapy expands around the world and the number of AIDS-related deaths continues to fall, these services are becoming increasingly important.
Care and support is important for the following reasons: to facilitate immediate access to treatment when a person is diagnosed with HIV; to support adherence to treatment in order to attain viral suppression for people living with HIV, for the sake of their own health and to prevent infecting other people with HIV; to enhance the prevention and management of HIV-related infections; and to enhance coping with the challenges of living with HIV.
Here's how TASO ensures holistic care
Clinical Services: TASO provides access to quality clinical care, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) for those living with HIV. Regular medical check-ups, laboratory testing, and medication management contribute to improved health outcomes.
Counseling and Psychosocial Support: TASO offers counseling services to address the emotional and psychological needs of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. This support helps individuals cope with the challenges of living with the virus, reducing stigma, and promoting mental well-being.
Adherence Support: Ensuring consistent adherence to medication is crucial for the effectiveness of HIV treatment. TASO provides adherence support through counseling, education, and practical strategies to help individuals adhere to their prescribed treatment plans.
Preventive Health Education: TASO conducts preventive health education programs to empower individuals with knowledge about HIV transmission, prevention strategies, and the importance of regular medical check-ups. This proactive approach contributes to overall health and well-being.
Nutritional Support: TASO recognizes the role of nutrition in supporting the health of individuals living with HIV. The organization provides nutritional counseling and support to ensure that individuals receive adequate nutrition to complement their treatment.
Community Outreach: TASO extends its care beyond clinical settings through community outreach programs. These initiatives aim to reach individuals who may face barriers to accessing healthcare and provide them with information, testing, and support services.
Peer Support Programs: Peer support is a valuable component of TASO’s care model. Individuals living with HIV are connected with peers who can share experiences, offer guidance, and provide emotional support, creating a sense of community and understanding.
Family Involvement: TASO recognizes the importance of involving families in the care and support process. Family members are educated about HIV, reducing stigma, and creating a supportive environment for individuals living with the virus.
Capacity Building: TASO invests in building the capacity of healthcare professionals, community workers, and support staff to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver effective care and support services.
By integrating these elements into its care model, TASO ensures that individuals affected by HIV receive not only medical treatment but also the emotional, social, and practical support needed to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The organization’s holistic approach contributes to the overall well-being of the communities it serves.