Parliament moves to support TASO Mulago Centre
By Kitts D.Mabonga
The institution of parliament has expressed desire to work alongside the leadership of the Aids support organisation (TASO) Uganda over her dedicated services of fighting stigma, stress and marginalisation of those infected and affected persons through building capacity to overcome the burden by 2030.
The pledge was over the weekend made by the chairperson of parliament committee on HIV Aids Florence Muyoga Nambozo while playing guest at 29th annual general meeting for TASO Mulago Centre held at TASO headquarters Old Mulago.
Nambozo noted that parliament appreciates the big role being played by TASO and would soon invite its founder and patron Neorine Kaleeba to make a special presentation to her committee to help members make informed policy decisions while undertaking their legislative responsibilities.
“We would like to pledge before you today that I’ve brought the whole institution of parliament down to Mulago just to assure you that we strongly appreciate the role TASO is playing and very soon we are going to invite Neorine Kaleeba to our committee so that she can make a special presentation on the subject matter of HIV Aids “observed Nambozo.
SOLIDARITY: The parliament chairperson for the HIV Aids committee and Sironko district woman MP Florence Mayoga Nambozo ( with head gear) poses for a memorable photo with the national director of Share an Opportunity (SAO_Uganda) Florence Annet Soobi in yellow gomeesi.This was shortly after attending the TASO Mulago centre AGM over the weekend. HARD WORK PAYS: The chairperson parliament committee on HIV Aids Hon. Mayoga (M) hands over a brand new bicycle to one of the hardworking staffers of the centre as TASO founder and patron Noerine Kaleeba in blue T_shirt claps hands as an apparent appreciation.
She revealed that parliament has been able to secure 54bn that shall go towards procurement of ARVs so that more patients can access treatment as the country patiently awaits to reach the anticipated 2030 deadline when the UN is expected to declare end of the disease.
Nambozo also woman MP for Sironko district urged her constituents back home to fight the burden beginning from their homes by way of encouraging family members to go for testing and once found positive should get on drugs immediately.
“Let us start end HIV Aids campaign right from our individual homes by ensuring we engage in safe sex by use of condoms, or abstain until right time, the infected take drugs on schedule and fight stigma and discrimination among others tools of promoting prevention” noted the legislator.
The TASO executive director who was represented by his chief internal auditor Wandera Emmanuel commended the Mulago centre members especially the drama group for spreading out key prevention messages saying they are working as strategic community change agents.
Present at the function included the country director Share an opportunity (SAO_Uganda) Florence Annet Soobi, former legislator and staunch women rights activist Miria Matembe, the deputy principal Makeere medical school Isaac Okello and the TASO chairperson board of trustees among other high level dignitaries.