Dr. Etukoit said that recent experiences from ongoing work show better yields in identifying people living with HIV in their population segments and linking them into care and involvement in prevention of HIV infection by focusing on key populations and high burden areas. “Building on our experiences we shall, going forward focus our effort, expert and resources on key population and geographical programming to accelerate the response to end HIV epidemic” He added that TASO is on the right course in its contribution to the attainment of the global targets with 93% of the client under its care enrolled on sustained ART and with a similar percentage among them having their viral load suppressed. The global audience with the stewardship of UNAIDS concur that when these targets are achieved at the level of 90% then we should be ending HIV epidemic by 2030. Key Population according to PEPFAR definition include Sex Workers with HIV prevalence rates of 35-37%, Injection drug users and Men who have sex with Men (MSM) . Other partnerships also include; fisher Folks, Long truck drivers, Uniformed personnel and adolescent girls among the key populations.

Asked why the American government should continue meeting the bills for the Uganda response, TASO ED said the need for continued investment is clearly evident in the ever improving quality of lives of people living with HIV, the national health care system and more so the recent gains that are pointing to our getting close to ending the HIV epidemic such as in the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (EMTCT) of HIV interventions. He added that sustained partnerships will certainly deliver us to a world without HIV, which is the TASO vision and we should not at this point release the grip we have in our partnership to complete the job we set out to achieve. TASO is largely a donor supported organisation with most of the funding from US government under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through CDC and USAID

TASO Highlights

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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TASO receives crowd applause at Women’s Day

TASO was greeted with a deafening crowd applause during the match past at the International Women’s day celebrations held in Dokolo District, Lango Sub region on the 8th March 2017. TASO which took part in the national celebrations, participated in the procession and exhibition at Dokolo Technical Institute Grounds. The women’s day was graced by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, accompanied by First Lady, Hon Janet Museveni as the Chief Guest and Celebrant.
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General Saleh Donates to TASO OVCs

The Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) National Coordinator, General Salim Saleh has donated Uganda Shillings Ten Million (10,000,000) towards vacation skills building of Child Clients under the care of TASO.  The offer was announced by Major Rubaramira Ruranga who represented the General as Guest of Honor at the Breakfast meeting organized by TASO Jinja Service Centre of Excellence on Monday 6th March 2017 at Source of the Nile Hotel, Jinja.

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A Call to us all to Stand Out for Women Living with HIV as we Celebrate Women's Day

As we prepare to celebrate this year’s International Women’s day, TASO calls on each of us to make a personal commitment to support Women Living with HIV as part of our contribution to gender parity and a fairer world. This call is contained in a press message released this afternoon.

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