Ms. Noerine Kaleeba
Partnerships adviser, UNAIDS
Physiotherapist and educator, Ms. Noerine Kaleeba specialized in orthopaedics, physiotherapy and community rehabilitation at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, England. She has worked as a physiotherapist with Mulago Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Uganda, and was the principal of Mulago School of Physiotherapy until 1987.
In 1987, Ms. Kaleeba set up a support group which blossomed into a vibrant organization, "The AIDS Support Organizationî" (TASO Uganda), to provide care, support and counselling, and to mobilize communities and neighbourhood care for people with HIV/AIDS and their families. Based on the concept of ìpositive livingî, TASO was one of the very first community responses to AIDS in Africa and is today one of the leading examples in AIDS care and support and community education for prevention in resource-limited settings. As the founder, Ms. Kaleeba also worked as the Executive Director of TASO Uganda foe eight years until 1995 when she retired, and was elected Patron of the TASO movement, a role she still plays. Ms. Kaleeba currently works as a programme development adviser, Africa, for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and has been based at their secretariat in Geneva since January 1996.
Ms. Kaleeba has been awarded several international awards in recognition of her national and global anti-AIDS efforts, including The Belgian King Baudouin Prize for Development, awarded to TASO in 1995, and Doctor of Humane Letters, Honorius Causa, in 2000. She has served on various national and international bodies, including the World Health Organization Global Commission on HIV/AIDS, the Global AIDS Policy Coalition and the Uganda AIDS Commission. She has been a trustee of international NGO boards such as Maristopes International, Noahí Ark (Sweden), and is currently Vice-Chair of ActionAid UK.