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Stigma Forces TASO To Serve Clients From Offices, Home

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The Aids Support Organisation (TASO) Gulu Regional Offices has developed a new strategy to address stigma facing working class who are afraid to be seen picking their drugs by delivering it to the comfort of their offices or homes

According to Michael Ochwo, the Centre Manager TASO Gulu, so far TASO has enrolled 64 clients under the Corporate Client Programme.

Ochwo revealed that a client will just make a phone call on a dedicated line between 8AM- 5PM if he or she wants to be served.

Ochwo also revealed sometimes, they serve such clients beyond the normal office working hours.

He adds that due to stigma, some of the clients were dropping out of treatment while others were forced to buy ARVs from Kampala.

At least 8,706 clients have been enrolled for ART therapy at TASO Gulu regional offices with 60 percent being males.

A 2014 survey conducted by National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU), an umbrella organization for PLHIV networks in Uganda reveals that 75 percent of People living with HIV and AIDS experience stigma at family level and  60 percent are aware of being gossiped about, a fact that greatly affects their self-esteem and general wellbeing.

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