TASO stands for The AIDS Support Organization. It is an indigenous HIV/AIDS service organization in Uganda founded in 1987 by Noerine Kaleeba and 15 other colleagues some of whom have now passed away due to AIDS.  The founding of TASO was based on people that were unified by common experiences faced when encountering HIV/AIDS at a time of high stigma, ignorance and discrimination. From a small support group, TASO has since evolved into a Non Governmental Organization with eleven (11) service centers and four (4) regional offices covering most parts of Uganda.

TASO Highlights

Church Minister Warns Clients against False Religious Teaching; Fronts Treatment Adherence.

Deliverance Church Minister in Soroti, Pastor Job Eliru, has warned People Living with HIV against false religious teaching on healing and instead urged them to adhere to their treatment to stay in good health. Pastor Eliru gave this counsel while presiding as Guest of Honor at TASO Soroti Centre General Meeting (CGM) on Friday 12th August 2016.

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TASO Priotitises Key Population Programming

TASO is prioritizing key population and geographical programming in its HIV response as the best bet for accelerating access and equity to achieve the global targets to end HIV epidemic. This was revealed by TASO Executive Director, Dr. BM Etukoit while speaking to visiting Journalism Students and Faculty of Indiana University, Bloomington, at ACME premises in Bunga, Kampala on Monday 23rd May 2016. The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) are hosting the summer course on reporting HIV/AIDS in Africa and they invited TASO to make a presentation.

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TASO on Course to Achieve Global Targets

The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) is on the right course in its contribution to the global targets to end AIDS epidemic. This information was revealed during the ongoing TASO Program Review Meeting at Nile Hotel in Jinja from 11th to 15th April 2016. Delivering his presentation on day 2 of the meeting on “90-90-90” strategy: Implications on TASO programming”, Dr. Baker Bakashaba, Manager Medical Services said TASO is well paced to achieve the global targets set by the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to end AIDS epidemic. He said TASO is already surpassing the targets in two (2) out of three (3) stipulated areas and is positioning itself to do as well in the other target area.

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TASO Commissions a New Fleet of Vehicles

It was simply blissful, and that is what defined the mood at TASO Headquarters/Mulago Service Centre Parking Yard this morning, 6th April 2016. The moment was the commissioning and flag- off a fleet of new vehicles that were procured recently. TASO has since 2008 not receive any new vehicle and its fleet was fast aging and no doubt the new procurement is a milestone that has brought great happiness. “ I am extremely delighted by this development that demonstrates commitment to sustainability of the HIV and AIDS response by our partners, Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention(CDC) through whose partnership these vehicles were procured”, said Mr. Patrick Byamugisha, TASO Board of Trustees Member, just before flagging off the vehicles.

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Irish Aid to invest more in the HIV response in Karamoja

Irish Aid has committed to invest more resources in HIV and AIDS response in the Karamoja sub region in the next 5 years. The good news for the region was communicated by the Irish Deputy Head of Cooperation, Ms. Aine Doody while opening the Karamoja Regional Leaders and Stakeholders Forum this morning 15th December 2015 at Hill View Hotel, Nakapiripirit. “The Irish Government will in the next 5 years spend about 50% of its budget for Uganda in Karamoja on core sector areas including HIV and AIDS response”, she said, attracting a thunderous applause from the participants.

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