General Saleh, who is also the Senior Presidential Advisor on Defense said in a speech delivered by Major Ruranga that he was happy to associate with the initiative of TASO to build skills of the vulnerable children with the confidence that the support will be put to good use in creating opportunities for the young people. “TASO is a transparent organisation that has done a lot to save the lives of the people of this country from the support it receives from its partners and I trust they will still do a good job through this initiative”, the General noted to the pleasure of the members present.  The General informed the meeting of the various empowerment opportunities the Government has put in place to support the people improve the quality of their lives, including the NAADS programme and OWC. He pledged his support to facilitate TASO Clients including OVCs to benefit from those initiatives for their improved welfare.

The breakfast meeting was organized by TASO Jinja as part of the local resource mobilization strategy for increased ownership and sustainability of the response. The theme for the day was “Child client empowerment and development through vacation Skills”. Each of the TASO service Centres and Training Centre has targets of local resources to mobile each year. TASO Jinja is the first Centre to host a fundraising event this year.  The event was well attended by over 100 Friends of TASO from the Jinja region and they included members of parliament from the region, service providers, implementing partners, members of the Centre Advisory Council, Clients and Staff of TASO at the Centre and Headquarters. TASO Executive Director was represented by Dr. Kenneth Mugisha, Director Programme Management. TASO Patron and Founder, Dr. Jajja Noerine Kaleeba was in attendance.

In her remarks to the meeting, Dr. Noerine appreciated all the partners for their continued support that has sustained the TASO response over the years. It is that commitment to the response that is providing the hope many people who are affected by HIV infection and disease need, the TASO founder said. She gave the history of TASO, which started from a love story in their family with the Late Christopher Kaleeba, her wedded husband who succumbed to HIV. She urged all to continue upholding the mission of providing hope to people affected by HIV and AIDS, which was Christopher’s desire at the time of his death.

During the meeting, a beneficiary of OVC support Intervention shared his success story, which showed that the skills training and seed capital he received from TASO has enabled him to start a growing income generating business. He now earns enough income to sustain his family and have some savings to re-plough to his investment.  He also employs and trains on-job other youths in his tailoring business. A slide show on success stories on the OVC intervention was projected throughout the meeting.

The event climaxed with the auctioning of a beautiful framed Red Ribbon by the Guest of Honor, Major Ruranga. The item that was finally bought by a staff from Barclays Bank Jinja fetched over Uganda Shillings 1,500,000/=. The total amount of money realized from the event in cash and pledges was over 20,000,000.

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.

Media Article

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