SAF-TESO is an Indigenous Non-Profit NGO registered in the Republic of Uganda since 2009, dedicated to improving the human rights, social and economic wellbeing, and health of Ugandans. It possesses the UNCCD International Accreditation and the United Nations ECOSOC consultative status, and works to enhance and contribute to the three Rio Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification.
SAF-TESO is also contributing to several agenda items of the UNFCCC COP28, especially Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture, Loss and Damage, and Global Action on Adaptation. Moreover, the organization aims to support the African Union Strategy for Climate Resilience and Development, with emphasis on production towards an agro ecological transition to reduce GHG emissions.
On June 11, 2023, SAF-TESO was officially accepted by the Open Dialogues International Foundation as a national team and granted permission to perform activities in Uganda as part of the Open Dialogues on Climate Change Project. The organization is also a member of the Global Landscape Forum (GLFx) and Global Networks of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) for Climate Change Resilience, Climate Change Education, Research, Advocacy and Sustainable Development.
SAF-TESO is coordinating all health, environmental, and human rights CSOs in North-Eastern parts of Uganda, specifically in the Teso and Karamoja Sub-Regions. It strives to build collective efforts through its member organizations to combat and prevent the climate change crisis, HIV, TB, malaria, and other STIs.
Our strategies focus on strengthening collaboration, promoting creativity and innovation, research, and community building in the SAF-TESO’s areas of operation. This way we can gain a strong voice in advocacy for ending AIDS, TB, malnutrition, food insecurity, food systems waste and loss, and the climate crisis in Uganda by 2030.
Saf - Teso Core Values and Philosophy
Our core values define what is important to us and guide the way we conduct business. We are committed to promoting and maintaining best practices in our everyday operations and we expect the highest standards of conduct from all staff, whether based at the office or field.
We are committed to achieving change for the most vulnerable and less privileged people and groups.
We embrace equity, diversity and inclusion. We listen to and learn from each other. We are respectful and appreciative. We have a climate of openness and trust.
We seek new solutions to problems. We embrace healthy risk-taking. We are willing to think and act "outside the box". We invest in learning. We are ambitious, open and curious. We make small things turn Big!
We are honest and transparent. We deliver on our promises. We aim to respect the environment and planetary boundaries. We recognize both our strengths and our limitations, and we learn from our mistakes
We work together as ONE SAF-TESO. We care about each other. We are good allies. We invest in relationships
Apio haronProgram Officer
Health and HTTS focal point
Micheal AnguriaChief Executive Officer
Okwalinga IsaacHealth Trainer Manager
Omwola JacobAdvocacy officer
Auma JaneProject Officer Nutrition
Imede EvelyneProgram Coordinator
Aguti Janet MaryYouth Champion Leader
SAF-TESO activities and projects are aligned with the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 strategy and our partners’ objectives. Our activities and projects include:
Key priority areas:
HIV/TB, malaria, drug abuse prevention, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) & SRHR/HIV prevention, water, climate health, hygiene and sanitation
Environment and Sustainability.
Key priority areas:
Food systems, food security and food sovereignty, climate change education, Open Dialogues on Climate Change, environmental pollution and waste management, environmental health, tree planting, nature conservation, climate justice, sustainable development, access to land and resources, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), advocacy and capacity building.
Education and Economic Empowerment.
Key priority areas:
child sponsorships, women and youth empowerment, culture and diversity, economic and social support for persons with disabilities, street children’s sustainable livelihoods, community development, vocational education and skills development
Human Rights and Social Justice. Key priority areas:
Peace and conflict resolution, equality, land rights, inclusion, governance, social justice, advocacy, accountability, human rights monitoring and awareness raising, reporting and documentation. and documentation.
International Volunteer Placement and Cooperation
- To forge an efficient, effective, and sustainable response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, TB and malaria in Teso and Karamoja sub-regions by building strategic partnerships. SAF-TESO TB/HIV and Malaria Prevention Projects aspire to contribute to the Government of Uganda’s strategic plan. We aim to achieve universal access targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, social support, and protection. We join global forces in the commitment to ending AIDS and TB as a public health challenge in the communities, cutting TB deaths by 90% and TB cases by 80%, ending AIDS by 2030, and attaining a vision of a world free of TB by 2035.
Thematic Areas in HIV/TB Programming:
SAF-TESO is contributing to the UNAIDS Global Targets of 95:95:95 and is contributing to the global efforts to end AIDS and TB by 2030. SAF-TESO is contributing to the HIV/TB National Response through reducing new HIV & TB infections, improving HIV–related health outcomes of people with HIV, with a target of 94% by 2025, through supporting the four pillars: Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, and Respond.
HIV/TB Program Areas:
(i) HIV/TB prevention services,
(ii) Care and treatment services,
(iii) Social support and protection services,
(iv) Systems strengthening (governance and leadership), and
(v) Interventions aimed at eliminating stigma and discrimination
Thematic Areas in Environmental Conservation:
Our activities include climate change education, environmental awareness raising, roundtable discussions on the climate crisis, as well as organizing multi-stakeholder open dialogues on climate change as part of the global Open Dialogues on Climate Change project in partnership with the Open Dialogues International Foundation. We are also actively involved in advocacy, research, tree planting, waste management, and campaigning for sustainable development
SAF-TESO Health Sector Mission:
- Public Health.
The Diversity Of Our Work
- Covid Relief
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- Public Health