TASO was represented at the event by Clients and Staff from TASO Soroti Service Centre of Excellence, Advocacy Unit and Grants Management Unit at the Headquarters. The TASO procession team wore thematic Polos with the day’s theme imprinted at the back and also carried banners. At the match past, when TASO team reached the centre point and the Master of Ceremony announced the name TASO, the crowds made loud ululations to acknowledge the organisation. It was humbling for the team to feel well recognized at the national event and this could be attributed to the organization’s pioneering role in the HIV and AIDS response in Uganda. TASO has since inception remained a household name in the response in Uganda and beyond. The Dokolo event witnessed massive crowds that may have not been seen in any public gathering in the recent past.  The locals endured the hot and dusty conditions as well as the tight security checks to attend the event which lasted almost the whole day.

This year’s women’s day was celebrated under the theme “Women’s Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”. In his message to the nation, H.E. President Museveni reiterated areas of strategic investment the government has put in place for women empowerment and these include; education, health care, wealth creation, Women Entrepreneurship programmes. The President said that right from the onset of the National Resistance movement, they have championed zero discrimination against women and that is the reason women are now in key leadership positions in the country. He however noted that we still need to do more to completely integrate women’s rights in all aspects of development for us to succeed in transforming our country.

At the event venue, TASO conducted side quizzes on basic facts and information on HIV and AIDS and gave away IEC materials which included thematic polos, t-shirts, bandanas, fact sheets, brochures and booklets. These giveaways caused a lot of excitement among the communities who were overwhelming in their demand for the items.   Priority in distribution of the items went to those who gave good answers during the quizzes, pregnant mothers or with babies, school girls and identified mentor mothers, peer counselors and village health teams. The provision of the giveaways was made possible with support from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria to whom TASO is greatly indebted for their partnership. 

 
 

TASO Highlights

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

 

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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