Support Organization-TASO could suspend its operations due to a lack of
Solomon Lubondo, the TASO Centre Advisory Committee Chairperson for Entebbe,
says that the entire organization has been affected by reduced donor funding since
2017. TASO has eleven centres including Tororo, Gulu, Jinja
and Entebbe and receives funds from the Centre for Disease Control-CDC and well-wishers.
The non-government organization was founded in 1987 to offer HIV counselling
and medical services to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
However, in the last four years, Lubondo says the organization has been
struggling to operate with the reduced donor funding and heavy reliance on
collection from membership fees.
Members pay 2,000
and 5,000 Shillings every year, and yet TASO requires about 140 Billion Shillings
annually to cater for over 200,00 clients across Uganda.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, Lubondo said that the centre in Entebbe for
instance requires about 7 Billion Shillings, to provide services to over 6,000
clients in Wakiso and Mpigi districts.
Lubondo, they have been forced to scale down on their operations because of
financial constraints. He explains that most centres have stopped certain
activities such as training drama groups in sensitizing the communities
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Lubondo says it is difficult to serve the needs of the clients who require drug
refills, good nutrition, regular checkups and counselling.
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In the 2020/2021 financial
year, the centre received 1.6 billion from Centres for Disease Control –CDC. This
was less than a quarter of the total amount of funds the centre requires for
its activities every year.
Kamoga, the Medical services Technical Lead at TASO Entebbe, says the
centre is cash strapped and constrained to cater for clients.
The centre currently caters for a total number of 6,453 clients. 202 of
these clients are pregnant and breastfeeding mothers while 278 are children
aged between 1 to 18 years.
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a resident of Kitooro who supports people living with HIV within Entebbe says
that it will be unfortunate if TASO closes its centre in Entebbe.
that she has been helping patients restock ARVs and other drugs and also
provide food during the first and second lockdown.
says that the clients can be transferred to the ART clinic at Entebbe Hospital
and also the health centre IIs and IIIs at Nsamizi and Katabi Air force
Barracks, Kigungu and Katabi.