The story of HIV in Uganda is incomplete if the AIDS Support Organization is not mentioned. The country’s initial success in raising awareness against HIV/ AIDS involved several grass-roots level organizations utilizing the strong political commitment and mobilization.
The first community-based NGO formed to fight HIV/AIDS was TASO, The AIDS Support Organization, which was started by sixteen volunteers who had been infected or personally affected by HIV/AIDS.
TASO later became the largest indigenous AIDS service organisation providing HIV/AIDS services in Uganda. It continues to provide emotional and medical support to thousands of people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
This week we tell the story of TASO, by talking to some of the surviving founder members as we highlight the importance of counseling and psycho-social support in the HIV fight.
This edition of National Perspective is the second in our series on HIV/AIDS at 30.