The inception and planning meeting was organized following the handover last week of the Soroti region to TASO by Baylor Uganda who has been implementing a related regional project. The meeting was attended by over 80 participants drawn among a cross section of key district-based stakeholders who included political, civil, cultural and religious leaders, network of People Living with HIV, Civil Society and health service providers. Other participants included staff of the consortium; TASO, URC and UFFCA. The venue for the inaugural meeting was chosen by the District leaders to demonstrate their commitment to community engagement in service delivery.

usuk2.jpg - 84.06 kbSpeaking at the official opening of the meeting, the District Chairperson Katakwi Mr. Elakas Walter congratulated TASO for winning the award saying the choice was right given TASO’s pioneering role in the HIV response and its unmatched record in service delivery over the years. He said TASO has started this project on a correct path by engaging stakeholders at the onset of the project. “How would we go wrong when we start a project with engagement of key stakeholders whose support is critical for the success of the project?” the Chairperson asked. On that he pledged maximum support from the leaders of the district in mobilizing for the project to have a legacy in Teso region.

The presentations at the meeting among others included; an overview of the Health situation in Katakwi, which was delivered by the DHO, Dr. Omeke Icumar, Project Overview by Project Manager, Dr. Baker Bakashaba and Project Planning and Budgeting by Manager Health Systems Strengthening, Mr. Robert Kadando.

The second day of the meeting on 1st June 2017 will be for a select technical team to complete and consolidate work plans and budgets for the project implementation.  usuk1.jpg - 177.71 kb

 

 

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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