Bridging the Gap

The mission of Tapologo is to respond to those infected and affected by HIV/Aids and related infections, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised. Of particular concern are single women and mothers, economic migrants and refugees, orphan and vulnerable children, men and women who are the victims of stigma and discrimination, and the sick who are alone and who have no one to care for them.

Tapologo provides a holistic care solution for individuals and family members through their service delivery elements noted in the table below.  This response involves palliative care, control of pain, personal assistance to individuals and children in their personal context (in the form of family integration, drug regimens, psychological counselling and spiritual care).

 

 

PROGRAMME CONTENT
Community Based / Home Care § Integrated approach to deliver multiple health services to the home and community.

§ Services include: door to door HIV testing and counselling, outreach HCT services, clinical care, provision of psycho-social support, establishing linkage, referral, tracing and tracking systems

Tapologo ART Clinics § Clinics are established in targeted mining areas and informal settlements

§ Aims to improve access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support services

§ Provision of ARTs to resource constrained communities

§ Provides holistic health and psycho-social support to reduced mortality and increase the quality of life

§ Services include: HIV counselling and testing, initiation of ARTs, TB screening, Health promotion and education, nutritional support, family planning, child immunisation management, treatment of common diseases, promotion of spiritual, mental and emotional health, provisions of essential drugs, referrals and linkages.

Tapologo Wellness Clinics § Provides primary health care to patients with non-communicable diseases which are     seen on special days set aside for chronic conditions.

§ Services include: conduct vital measurements, assist health workers in diagnosing and treating conditions such as diabetes hypertension , asthma etc., support chronic illness groups, create health care plans for patients, ensure children and adults have access to appropriate primary care services related to nutrition, provide routine physical examinations at health care facilities, provide psycho-social support for patients

I-ACT sessions, support groups and awareness campaigns § The intention is to reduce the high rate of loss to follow-up from the initial HIV diagnosis to successful commencement on ARTs.

§ Outcomes for HIV/AIDS patients: intentional involvement of patients at all levels, increased skills and knowledge, creating support structures, empowerment of individuals and it encourages communities to take ownership and responsibility for their own health care improvement.

Orphaned & Vulnerable children (OVC) Programme § Aims at providing a community-based framework for the care and support of OVC and guardians

§ Access to “Drop-in Centre” where children are cared for and supported after school.

§ Assists by providing Community Capacity Building, Education and Awareness Workshops, OVC outreach programmes

§ Child mortality rates remain very high. They have identified an opportunity to impact children in these areas by providing the following services: nutritional, educational and health care support, increase in sport and recreational activities and opportunities, psycho-social support activities, offering child -protection services, household economic strengthening activities) and referrals for shelter support activities