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

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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