According to the Commission, this was one of most attended HIV and AIDS advocacy events held in the recent past. Locals of all ages, men, women, children, adolescents and youth, political leaders, civil and cultural leaders were all there.All the Members of Parliament from the District were present and were joined by their colleagues from neighboring districts and members of the HIV and AIDS Committee of Parliament. The State Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Hon Rev. Fr. Simon Lookdown was the Chief Guest.

The communities overcame the malicious information that went around in the morning that admission to the event was only for those with national IDs, with some of them running back several kilometers to pick their IDs and returned to the event. Announcements were quickly made on public address system to counter the misinformation and locals kept the police at the check point busy throughout the period with queues snaking several meters. Similar queues built up at the HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) service points as soon as the service providers got ready to start work. The numbers were so big that the service providers had to mobilize additional kits from the neighboring districts to meet the demand.

TASO’s presence at the event was mammoth as it branded the occasion with a host of Information Education and Communication (IEC) Materials. Almost every speaker would name TASO first on the list of Implementing Partners (IPs) present or being appreciated. TASO was the only visiting IP with some of its materials in the local language, which included HIV prevention message posters, bandanas, T-shirts and tear drops.  TASO conducted side quizzes on basic facts and information on HIV and AIDS as it gave away the IEC materials to sections of the community.

TASO also participated in the pre event dialogue meeting for the leaders on eve of the commemorations held at Pauline Hotel Lira. TASO sponsored the meals for the dialogue meeting attended by over 80 leaders from the Lango sub region, who made commitments for continued support of the response at their various levels

TASO Highlights

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

 

Study Findings Underscore Centrality of VL Monitoring in the Response

A Study conducted at TASO Jinja has demonstrated the criticality of Viral Load (VL) monitoring in the HIV response for us to keep on track to end the HIV epidemic. This was highlighted during the first event of planned series of dissemination meetings of findings of a study on Long-term Outcomes on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) held on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at TASO Training Centre, Kanyanya. The research findings were presented by a team of researchers in the study; Dr. David Moore, Dr. Josephine Briungi, Dr. Mastula Nanfuka and Mr. Stephen Okoboi.

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TASO receives crowd applause at Women’s Day

TASO was greeted with a deafening crowd applause during the match past at the International Women’s day celebrations held in Dokolo District, Lango Sub region on the 8th March 2017. TASO which took part in the national celebrations, participated in the procession and exhibition at Dokolo Technical Institute Grounds. The women’s day was graced by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, accompanied by First Lady, Hon Janet Museveni as the Chief Guest and Celebrant.
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General Saleh Donates to TASO OVCs

The Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) National Coordinator, General Salim Saleh has donated Uganda Shillings Ten Million (10,000,000) towards vacation skills building of Child Clients under the care of TASO.  The offer was announced by Major Rubaramira Ruranga who represented the General as Guest of Honor at the Breakfast meeting organized by TASO Jinja Service Centre of Excellence on Monday 6th March 2017 at Source of the Nile Hotel, Jinja.

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A Call to us all to Stand Out for Women Living with HIV as we Celebrate Women's Day

As we prepare to celebrate this year’s International Women’s day, TASO calls on each of us to make a personal commitment to support Women Living with HIV as part of our contribution to gender parity and a fairer world. This call is contained in a press message released this afternoon.

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