In 2014 , UNAIDS announced ambitious global targets which build on its 'Getting to Zero'  strategy and these are packaged as the 90–90–90 targets. UNAIDS call to action is that by the year 2020,  90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral load suppression.

TASO has this far enrolled 92% of people who have been diagnosed with HIV and under its care into sustained ART treatment. The same percentage (92%) of the PLHIV on treatment have vital load suppression recorded from the rigorous ongoing monitoring and follow up of the all the clients under care. The area where TASO has not done as well is on detection of PLHIV and the performance here is at 39%. The seemingly low performance is attributed to a number of intricately related factors including limited access to information on population based researches and a large number of implementing partners offering similar services in the same catchment areas/population segments. The meeting dissected these factors and prescribed solutions that will be concretized into an operational guideline to be shared with all the Service Centres and supported Public Health Facilities (PHF).

TASO’s continued good performance on the Global and national targets to end HIV and AIDS are attributed to its commitment and tradition of unmatched quality service delivery which places the person infected and affected by HIV and AIDS at the centre of the response. Over the years TASO has innovated many best practices and models built around the life of a person living with HIV in their communities. The successes recorded in the UNAIDS global targets have been attained with the active engagement with the communities who bear the burden but also have practical solutions to the disease with the right facilitation.

The programme Review meeting, which enters its 4th day today, is attended by Directors, Managers, Heads of Departments, Programme Specialists and M& E Officers. Its objectives are;

  • To review CDC project year 3 programmatic and financial performance.
  • To understand the current performance status of other discrete projects
  • To identify challenges and lay strategies for overcoming them in subsequent project years.
  • To collectively document strategies to address performance gaps in selected key result areas.
  • To take stock of the gains in DHSS project for the 3 years and make recommendations for future HSS project with CDC
  • To share findings from the current operations research projects to inform implementation at TASO

TASO Highlights

Thousands attend Lutaaya Day as TASO brands the event.

Thousands of locals from the new District of Alebtong endured the scorching heat on Monday 17th October 2016 to attend the National Philly Lutaaya Day Commemorations held at Alebtong Primary School. Lutaaya Day is commemorated annually under the auspices of Uganda AIDS Commission and is a key advocacy event for continued sensitization and education of the communities on HIV and AIDS. This year’s event was organized under the theme, “Uganda ame pe itwo jonyo, obedi tica”, translated in English as, An AIDS free Uganda, My responsibility.

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TASO Receives a Tax Compliance Award

The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) is a gratified recipient of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Tax Compliance Award 2016. TASO was awarded at the URA celebrations to mark its 25 years on 1st October 2016 at their Headquarters in Nakawa. TASO received a Vantage Award (Non Individual) for Tax Compliance, which was presented to the TASO team by the State Minister of Finance for Planning, Hon. David Bahati. The Guest of Honor at the event whose theme was “25 years of building Uganda” was the Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who represented H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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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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