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