TASO Entebbe Centre has been in existence since November 1991. As at January 31, 2011, the center had 6,991 active clients 33% male and 67% female with 5.4% being children. 3,275 clients were on ART with 4.1% of who were children. The center has a total of 61 staff; 32 female and 29 male.
Like all TASO Centers, TASO Entebbe provides a comprehensive package of HIV prevention, treatment, Care and support activities in addition to capacity building and advocacy services. Specific activities include;
1. Counseling of clients
2. Treatment of Opportunistic Infections
3. Provision of ART
4. Homecare and community support services: The Medical Team together with counselors go out to the homes of clients according to their needs.
5. Hospital Ward Visits: Both the counsellors and medical team (Doctors) visit the clients that are admitted on the hospital wards for appropriate support and care; there is a lot of collaboration between the public health system and TASO.
6. Child Care and Treatment Centre: There is a child care centre through which the Centre’s pediatric program runs like therapeutic feeding.
TASO Entebbe has a Drama group composed of 25 volunteers. These are people who are HIV positive and decided to give AIDS a face by going public about their HIV status. They disseminate HIV/AIDS messages to the communities through music, Dance and Drama.
The center is open Monday to Friday; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are clinic days, Fridays are for outreaches and Wednesday for Kasenyi satellite clinic-collaboration with IAVI-and community activities. Bussi is a special outreach in that it is in one of the islands in Lake Victoria. The population on this island has limited access to HIV prevention care; support services due to the difficulties its physical separation from the mainland present. This situation has since changed from the time TASO Entebbe opened outreach services in this island.
The center has 13 communities; Nalugala, Kisubi, Masajja, Bussi, Nakawuka, Nkumba, Kasenge, Ndejje, Busabala, Nsangi, Kitende, Kigungu and Kasanje. In these communities, TASO Entebbe conducts HIV/AIDS prevention and care sensitization and also supports community programs that improve people’s livelihoods. Each community has about 40 trained community volunteers.
TASO Entebbe was the first TASO Centre to get involved in research. The first study was Pneumoccocol trial study by Dr. Neil French from University of Liverpool School of Tropical medicine (UK) out of which benefits like proper investigations and management of HIV/AIDS were noted. In collaboration with Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and Medical Research Council (MRC, TASO Entebbe has continued carrying out more Research studies. Currently, TASO is involved in several studies in collaboration with MRC. Currently the Center with MRC is running a COSTOP Study for the next 3years.