Taraba State Aids Control Agency

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The Taraba State AIDS Control Agency (TACA) was established on 3rd March, 2010 and is currently under the leadership of Alh. Abba Sale Ibrahim as the Director General.


Current Directors in the Agency are given below;

Names Department
Dr. Garba Danjuma Treatment, Care and Support
Leji Nuhu Adi Secretary/Director Administration
Mr. Jibrin Nawukari Planning, Monitoring and Research
Dr. Tony Garba Communication and Mobilization
Mrs. Shepuya Atiku Prevention and Health Promotion

Functions of the Agency:

The Functions of the Agency include;

  1. Design, coordinate and implement state action plans for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS.
  2. Design and prosecute an intense multi-sectorial approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and control.
  3. Provide Technical support to the planning, implementation and management of
  4. HIV/AIDS to line ministries, NGOs, CBOs and LACA.
  5. Provide necessary support to other stakeholders in their efforts to prevent and control HIV/AIDS.
  6. Coordinate an annual centurial surveillance on the incidence and prevalence of
  7. HIV/AIDS and promote operational research on intervention strategies.
  8. Encourage multi-disciplinary, collaboration and networking among all stakeholders including civil society organizations against HIV/AIDS.
  9. Organize training of personnel involved in the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS at all Levels.
  10. Implement all decisions of the State Council on AIDS (SCA) and produce quarterly reports on HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities to the SCA.

Achievements of the Agency:

The achievements of the Agency include;

  1. The transition of the organization from State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA) to TACA facilitate funding from outside organization such as World Bank, WHO, UNICEF etc.
  2. Reconstitution, inauguration and reactivation of 16 LACAs to coordinate HIV/AIDS activities in the 16 LGAs.
  3. Effective coordination of activities of partners working on HIV/AIDS through quarterly partner’s forum.
  4. Successful development of HIV/AIDS State Strategic Plan SSP (2010-2015) to guide HIV/AIDS activities implementation.
  5. Consistently marked annual World AIDS Day (WAD) to create awareness and demand for HCT/PMTCT among Tarabans.
  6. Supported the conduct of National HIV/AIDS Reproductive Health Survey (NARHS) and Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Survey (IBBSS) in Taraba state.
  7. Supported state wide Mapping of MOST AT RISK POPULATION (MARPS) conducted by Society for Family Health (SFH).
  8. Mapping and development of Data Base of CSOs working on HIV/AIDS in Taraba state.
  9. Engagement of 17 CSOs currently working on various thematic areas of HIV/AIDS across the state.
  10. Provision of school materials to over 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); Distribution of income generating activities to caregivers.
  11. Prevention of Mother to child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT).
  12. HIV Counseling and testing; General population – 50,000; Female Sex Workers (FSW) – 500; Long Distance Drivers (LDD) – 900.
  13. Increased the number of persons receiving treatment from 17,000 in 2010 to over 35,000 by June, 2015.
  14. Supported partners with test Harmonized HIV/AIDS state Budget; production of quarterly TACA Bulletin (News); construction of TACA office complex, work reached 95%.

The Director General

Alh. Abba Sale Ibrahim the current Director General, TACA was born on 3rd May, 1963. He hails from Karim-lamido Local Government Area and is married with seven (7) children.

He started his educational career at L.E.A Primary School, Karim-Lamido from 1970-1978 where he proceeded to Government Teachers’ College, Gombe from 1978-1984 and further enrolled into the College of Education, Jalingo and University of Maiduguri from 1984-1987 and 1991-1994 respectively.

He enjoys Reading, Travelling and Volleyball.

Previous Director Generals who managed the Agency are given below;

Names Duration
Mrs. Suzy J. Nathan October 2014-November 2014
Dr. Siman S. Ambita’a June 2011-October 2014
Dr. Philip D. Duwe July 2006-June 2011
Sir Columba C. Tari 2001-2006