Mr. Robert Ochai officially handed over the chair of Executive Director to Dr. Christine Nabiryo. Mr Ochai served as Executive Director for the last five years (2007 – 2012) and for Twenty one years all together as a TASO member of staff.
In his remarks, he thanked the Board, donors, staff and all clients for their support during his time in TASO. He especially thanked his colleagues that even though he came after a tough act to follow and it was during the economic meltdown, TASO was still standing because of the team work and commitment exhibited by all the staff. He also recalled the words of wisdom that the Vice Chairperson of the Board – Rev. Willy Olango gave him during his early days as Executive Director.
Also in his remarks, Mr Ochai mentioned the different tasks that had so far been accomplished as well as those pending completion. Some of these included;
- A new TASO Strategic Plan was launched during the Silver Jubilee celebrations on 22nd September 2012.
- TASO has just received funding from CDC starting 1st October 2012.
- TASO funded by Irish Aid was partnering with CSO to build their capacity to implement HIV services in Karamoja region.
- TASO was also collaborating with Plan to strengthen CBOs in Northern Uganda.
- TASO is also partnering with Health Center VI under the SUSTAIN (Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally) project to impart the TASO experience to Health workers in providing quality services.
- The Apac project (a project to provide Home Based HIV and Malaria Counseling and Testing services in Apac District) was winding down.
- TASO Masindi needed new premises in which to operate.
He concluded by saying that even though there were pending tasks, he was confident that Dr. Nabiryo and her team would be able to accomplish them.
In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Nabiryo pledged to work with the TASO family and thanked Mr. Ochai for his years of service.
To witness the handover ceremony were the Vice Chairperson of the Board Rev. Willy Olango, the newly elected member Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze as well as several staff from TASO headquarters.