In 2014 , UNAIDS announced ambitious global targets which build on its 'Getting to Zero' strategy and these are packaged as the 90–90–90 targets. UNAIDS call to action is that by the year 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral load suppression.
TASO has this far enrolled 92% of people who have been diagnosed with HIV and under its care into sustained ART treatment. The same percentage (92%) of the PLHIV on treatment have vital load suppression recorded from the rigorous ongoing monitoring and follow up of the all the clients under care. The area where TASO has not done as well is on detection of PLHIV and the performance here is at 39%. The seemingly low performance is attributed to a number of intricately related factors including limited access to information on population based researches and a large number of implementing partners offering similar services in the same catchment areas/population segments. The meeting dissected these factors and prescribed solutions that will be concretized into an operational guideline to be shared with all the Service Centres and supported Public Health Facilities (PHF).
TASO’s continued good performance on the Global and national targets to end HIV and AIDS are attributed to its commitment and tradition of unmatched quality service delivery which places the person infected and affected by HIV and AIDS at the centre of the response. Over the years TASO has innovated many best practices and models built around the life of a person living with HIV in their communities. The successes recorded in the UNAIDS global targets have been attained with the active engagement with the communities who bear the burden but also have practical solutions to the disease with the right facilitation.
The programme Review meeting, which enters its 4th day today, is attended by Directors, Managers, Heads of Departments, Programme Specialists and M& E Officers. Its objectives are;
- To review CDC project year 3 programmatic and financial performance.
- To understand the current performance status of other discrete projects
- To identify challenges and lay strategies for overcoming them in subsequent project years.
- To collectively document strategies to address performance gaps in selected key result areas.
- To take stock of the gains in DHSS project for the 3 years and make recommendations for future HSS project with CDC
- To share findings from the current operations research projects to inform implementation at TASO