Apac district embraces ART therapy distribution model

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In Apac hospital, there are over 3,445 registered patients that are on antiretroviral treatment.

By Patricia Aceng

Apac – 7, April 2021: In 2006, The AIDS Support Organization (TASO), a Ugandan non-governmental organization developed a community-based ART delivery program.

So far, according to the health official, Apac has reached 27 points of distribution.

Tom Odyambo, the district chairperson of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Apac, who also doubles as the regional coordinator for the same in the greater north, says a team of 100 gather per parish in designated points and eligible clients receive antiretroviral drugs

This, he says, is followed by “follow-up appointment at the community drug distribution point (CDDP) for continued support”.

The chairperson also noted there are victims with low self-esteem (stigma) who would rather prefer getting their drugs from specified hospitals than them being exposed to “a free-area distribution” which he assumes has led to decongestion at ART sites across the health system.

Speaking with TND News’ Patricia Aceng Tuesday morning, Geoffrey Paul Onyik who is the District HIV/AIDS focal person commended the model and okayed the policy.

He testified that long distance movements to health centers has been minimized; cost to attending to clinics and has improved both health worker and patient satisfaction in ART service delivery.

Responding on the challenges faced during the exercise, Onyik says on the hardships of transporting the drugs to the communities, he engaged the district officials.

“We were promised vehicles and motorcycles to ease our duty,” he added.

However, in Apac hospital, there are over 3,445 registered patients that are on antiretroviral treatment. 

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