|Counselor Brenda facilitating during the session on STIs|
TASO Mulago is the oldest branch of TASO. Being in the Capital city, it bears the weight of having to serve in the most populated part of the country. It serves a cross section of clients living in the urban and Peri-urban areas. Within these areas are communities and each community has TASO clients living within it. Over the years TASO has trained those clients who are willing to come out about their HIV status, live as community models, volunteer as peer support members, are able to read and write and are willing to train their fellow clients within the communities in which they live. They are therefore seen as better informed and able to act as a link between TASO and the communities. These clients are called expert clients.
|An expert client sharing her experience|
|Participants listening to the Facilitator|
This then contradicts the various statistics that show that one of the reasons as to why HIV is on the rise is because people do not have the information. This team of expert clients is made up of regular people, with various backgrounds who are doing a lot to support their communities especially in information and knowledge sharing. Where then is the problem? Why are there still new infections?