The inception and planning meeting was organized following the handover last week of the Soroti region to TASO by Baylor Uganda who has been implementing a related regional project. The meeting was attended by over 80 participants drawn among a cross section of key district-based stakeholders who included political, civil, cultural and religious leaders, network of People Living with HIV, Civil Society and health service providers. Other participants included staff of the consortium; TASO, URC and UFFCA. The venue for the inaugural meeting was chosen by the District leaders to demonstrate their commitment to community engagement in service delivery.
Speaking at the official opening of the meeting, the District Chairperson Katakwi Mr. Elakas Walter congratulated TASO for winning the award saying the choice was right given TASO’s pioneering role in the HIV response and its unmatched record in service delivery over the years. He said TASO has started this project on a correct path by engaging stakeholders at the onset of the project. “How would we go wrong when we start a project with engagement of key stakeholders whose support is critical for the success of the project?” the Chairperson asked. On that he pledged maximum support from the leaders of the district in mobilizing for the project to have a legacy in Teso region.
The presentations at the meeting among others included; an overview of the Health situation in Katakwi, which was delivered by the DHO, Dr. Omeke Icumar, Project Overview by Project Manager, Dr. Baker Bakashaba and Project Planning and Budgeting by Manager Health Systems Strengthening, Mr. Robert Kadando.
The second day of the meeting on 1st June 2017 will be for a select technical team to complete and consolidate work plans and budgets for the project implementation.