TAFU Project interventions help Brian to return into care
Atugonza Brian living with HIV, aged 13, from Iboroga Village, Katooke Sub County and staying with a drunken father (Nyakaana Patrick) was lost to follow-up. When the VHTs and Health workers realized Brian was lost from care, they assigned Moses Tuhaire to do the follow-up.
“When I reached Nyakaana’s home, oh my God! It was so touching, I was moved by what I saw. Said the VHT”. The child had been left with no one to care. Nobody was reminding him of appointments or even timely uptake of drugs. The child had even stopped going to school. Brian told me that he had last attended school in the previous term. I really felt bad, said the VHT with a lot of sorrow in his face. Mr.Tuhaire (VHT) immediately engaged the father in counseling sessions on how to take care of the child. Besides, the Father is also HIV positive and was equally missing appointments due to too much drinking of Alcohol. Another intense counselling meeting was organized by the In-Charge, Mr. Mugenyi at Katooke H/C III with the father, child and the VHT (Moses Tuhaire).
The father was counselled regarding the bad drinking habit and the danger it would cause to his health. He was asked to return to care and ensure his son also returns. They threaten to take legal steps if he abandoned his son.
Today, the child returned to care and no longer misses appointments. He is healthy looking and has even resumed studies in P.3 at Iboroga Primary school.