Integrated Child and Youth Development (ICYD) is partnering with Soroti District Local Government to support Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC), offering services in the 10 sub counties in the district.
The support, given through health facilities where children get treatment from, is purposed to enhance the work of The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) in the region.
TASO Soroti region Project welcomed ICYD to supplement their efforts in ending the AIDS epidemic and supporting vulnerable children at a function held at the district Lukiko council hall on Thursday.
Gilbert Obore, the Technical Advisor Community Systems Strengthening TASO stressed that some of the beneficiaries that the ICYD project will target include; Children living with HIV/AIDS, HIV Exposed Infants, children of female sex workers and children of non-suppressed Viral Load care takers.
Meanwhile Hussein Rehema, the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for ICYD commended the Services offered by TASO in accelerating epidemic control in Soroti region.
Currently, ICYD operates through local partnerships to deliver comprehensive OVC programming in 29 districts of Uganda and in year two ICYD programming will expand to 44 districts.
The activities have three main objectives including; ensuring that children and youth have improved learning outcomes, they are protected, healthy in homes and communities and that the youth practice positive behavior and make informed decisions about their life and relationships.
Meanwhile Abraham Ekwaru, the Soroti district communication officer has commended TASO for their effort towards HIV alleviation.
“God should reward TASO abundantly, because your work is based on tangible evidence and we don’t take that lightly as a government,” he said.