TASO-Soroti Regional Project is a consortium involving TASO, UFFCA and University Research Co., LLC (URC) that is implementing a project to accelerate Epidemic Control in Soroti region under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project uses a district-led Health Systems Strengthening approach to deliver its services. UFFCA is the lead partner in Key Population (KP) and Priority Population (PP) programming in the consortium and fisher communities are their target audience for service interventions. Three (3) engagement meetings have so far been conducted, one with selected key stakeholders at district and two at community level. The district meeting on 25th July 2017 was attended by political, civic and technical leaders in the district. Among the technical leaders were the District Health Officer and District Fisheries Officer. The Project Team in this activity includes, Emmy Ewiu (UFFCA), John Ambrose Ojuu, Henry Musitwa and Gregory Peter Okiira (TASO). The district team included the District Fisheries Officer, Mr. Agaja Joseph and the HIV Counselor, Mr. Denis Agiru

The community meetings took place at Akampala and Bugoi Landing sites in Ochero Sub-county on 25th and 26th July 2017 respectively. Another planned meeting in Bweyale landing site aborted due to a heavy down pour and has been pushed to this morning, 27th July 2017. At the community meetings, members shared they happiness on the coming of this project with high hopes that it will address a host of challenges they face in their communities. Top on the agenda of their concerns were access to quality health care including HIV prevention and care and economic strengthening services. The Community Chairperson of Akampala Landing site, Mr. Odongo Joseph said “am extremely happy that TASO and UFFCA have thought wise to come to work with us and confident that you will help us save lives in our community” He added that there have been other groups that have worked with them but would quickly go away without them noticing a lasting change and hoped that this time with TASO, things will be different.

The participants at both meetings urged TASO project to tap into existing resources to enhance the implementation of the project. Oscar Moses of AKampala said there are a number of them who have previously been trained by other groups and considerations should be made to include them among community peer leaders who might be identified to support in the implementation of the new project. On that issue, the Project team explained that the project will use the community-led approach to accelerate service delivery and that emphasizes engagement of communities themselves in driving the agenda.

The community members highlighted a number of issues they believe continue to drive infections and challenge them a lot and these include; poor or no disclosure among sexual partners including married couples, overriding poverty exacerbated by the recent famine in the region, heavy drinking, ready access to disposable cash, fewer number of adolescent girls who most men go for, leading to several men sharing them, more mature women than men, leading to them(women) having sexual partners, idleness for most people, unreliable supply of condoms and repulsive attitude of some health workers. The participants also noted that there is very cheap but concealed sex work going on in their area, with the price going as low as 2,000 shillings or even less. They said that it is common practice for men to have sex with two or more women in one day and they are proud about it. Asked about Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), the participants said they don’t have them in their area and would eliminate anyone who would be known to prefer that orientation. On this, the project team counseled the participants to be more accommodative to other human beings with alternative preferences. 

At the close of the engagement meetings, the communities in the two landing sites elected 3 leaders each, who will be capacitated by the project to support their communities including mobilizing other volunteers to play various roles in the project implementation. Meetings with other fisher communities in the region have been planned. These will be followed by training and orientation of elected community volunteers.

TASO Highlights

TASO Commemorates 30 years of Service

On 11 November 2017, TASO commemorated 30 years of quality service in Uganda. As a pioneeer in community led service delivery, TASO units organised various community activities beginning from Monday 6th November until Friday 17th November 2017.These included;

  1. Radio talkshows sponsored by OBULAMU in the various regions.
  2. HIV Testing Services for the General Population
  3. Moonlight clinics at hotspots
  4. Medical camps (to check for High Blood Pressure, Diabetes)
  5. Mobilisation for Safe Male Circumcision.

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Kaberamaido Fisher Communities Welcome Soroti Region Project

The fisher communities in Kaberamaido District are thrilled by the entry of TASO-Soroti Regional Project into the Teso sub region. The excitement has been expressed during the ongoing fisher community engagement meetings conducted at the landing sites in the district. The Regional Project, led by Uganda Fisheries and Fish Conservation Association (UFFCA), one of the three consortium members, is currently steering stakeholder and fisher community engagement meetings to drum up support for the implementation of the project among the fisher communities.

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TASO Partners with Katakwi District to Commemorate Day of African Child

Magoro Primary School in Katakwi District was yesterday 27th June 2017 a centre of convergence of cohorts on child rights and survival. The school played host to the District commemorations of the Day of the African Child, an event that was organized in partnership with Civil Society Organisations. TASO Soroti Regional Project and TASO Soroti Service Centre of Excellence were part of the key stakeholders who partnered with the district to honor the day. TASO’s engagement and presence at the event was obviously conspicuous with its branding, giveaways, presentations by the drama group and mentions by the speakers.

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Soroti Regional Project Launches in Katakwi

District Leaders pledge support

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ASO-Soroti Regional Consortium Project today 31st May 2017 kick-started its operations in the Teso sub–region at an inception sharing meeting held in Usuk Sub-Country Hall. The two-day maiden meeting is the first in a series of planned district-based meetings across the 8 Districts of Teso whose aim is to introduce the project and plan with district stakeholders for its implementation. TASO in consortium with University Research Co., LLC (URC) and Uganda Fisheries and Fish Conservation Association (UFFCA) received a funding award in March 2017 to implement a regional project to accelerate Epidemic Control in Soroti region under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project will be implemented under a Health Systems Strengthening approach.

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TASO calls us all to unite to Stop TB

As we commemorate World TB Day, TASO’s implores upon each of us to do what it takes to contribute to ending TB. This call was contained in a brief published on World TB Day, 24th March 2017. TASO asserts that when each of us does his/her roles well as individuals and institutions, we are uniting our efforts with the rest of the world to leave no one behind in the TB response. Read the Brief