The Towards an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda (TAFU) project program also aimed to increase the number of HIV-positive children on treatment in 5 districts in Uganda. The program is strongly committed to building bridges between communities, households and health facilities through mobilizing communities to address barriers to testing, treatment and adherence, creating awareness around pediatric HIV treatment and the specific needs of children living with HIV.
The program aimed to empower 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 as well as 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 the village health teams and health centers. The project will have a research, learning and sharing component to facilitate up-scaling.
The overall goal of this project was to reduce the number of new HIV infections among infants and increase the number of HIV-positive children on treatment in the target districts.
The specific objectives were to:
- improve uptake and retention of HIV-positive mothers and exposed infants in PMTCT-care
- increase the number of children tested (both infants and children up to 14)
- Increase access to and retention in life-long care and treatment for HIV-positive children.