According to the Commission, this was one of most attended HIV and AIDS advocacy events held in the recent past. Locals of all ages, men, women, children, adolescents and youth, political leaders, civil and cultural leaders were all there.All the Members of Parliament from the District were present and were joined by their colleagues from neighboring districts and members of the HIV and AIDS Committee of Parliament. The State Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Hon Rev. Fr. Simon Lookdown was the Chief Guest.

The communities overcame the malicious information that went around in the morning that admission to the event was only for those with national IDs, with some of them running back several kilometers to pick their IDs and returned to the event. Announcements were quickly made on public address system to counter the misinformation and locals kept the police at the check point busy throughout the period with queues snaking several meters. Similar queues built up at the HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) service points as soon as the service providers got ready to start work. The numbers were so big that the service providers had to mobilize additional kits from the neighboring districts to meet the demand.

TASO’s presence at the event was mammoth as it branded the occasion with a host of Information Education and Communication (IEC) Materials. Almost every speaker would name TASO first on the list of Implementing Partners (IPs) present or being appreciated. TASO was the only visiting IP with some of its materials in the local language, which included HIV prevention message posters, bandanas, T-shirts and tear drops.  TASO conducted side quizzes on basic facts and information on HIV and AIDS as it gave away the IEC materials to sections of the community.

TASO also participated in the pre event dialogue meeting for the leaders on eve of the commemorations held at Pauline Hotel Lira. TASO sponsored the meals for the dialogue meeting attended by over 80 leaders from the Lango sub region, who made commitments for continued support of the response at their various levels

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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