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

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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