Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. At a virtual ceremony from Dar es Salaam on April 30, 2021, United States Ambassador Dr. Donald J. Wright awarded grants from the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) to 11 registered civil society, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations from across Tanzania to implement community-led monitoring projects that improve HIV services in the country.
Funding for the grants comes from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which represents the U.S. Government’s commitment to confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It remains the single largest effort by any country in the world to combat a single disease. Since PEPFAR’s inception in 2003, the U.S. Government has contributed more than $5 billion to address HIV in Tanzania alone.
Grant recipients responded to an open call for proposals to implement community-led monitoring (CLM) activities in their local communities. The projects will focus on improving the quality of HIV services by gathering data about HIV patients’ problems, challenges, and barriers related to HIV service access, uptake, and retention at health facilities. The results from these monitoring efforts will assist health facilities and local government to make continuous quality improvements to the HIV services offered. This will advance the standard of care and make the process more straightforward and customer service oriented for people living with HIV. The goal is to ultimately improve the quality of life for PEPFAR beneficiaries.
The Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) started in 2009 and has provided grants to more than 140 community-based and nonprofit organizations in Tanzania. The United States is proud to continue the strong tradition of partnering with these organizations in pursuit of Tanzania’s HIV epidemic control goals.
The 2021 Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) awardees:
- Thubutu Africa Initiative (TAI) will reduce barriers that hinder people living with HIV from accessing care and treatment services in in Shinyanga DC, Shinyanga.
- SIKIKA will enhance availability of and access to quality HIV services in Ukerewe district, Mwanza
- Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) will address barriers of health services delivery in Shinyanga DC, Shinyanga.
- Integrated Rural Development Organization (IRDO) will enhance HIV service delivery at Nyasa district, Ruvuma.
- Women to Children Foundation (WOCHFO) will improve quality of HIV services through Community-Led monitoring in Ludewa district, Njombe.
- Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Community Organization (KWIECO) will improve access to HIV health services to people living with HIV in Moshi district, Kilimanjaro.
- Tanzania Network of Women Living with HIV/AIDS(TNW+) will utilize people living with HIV/AIDS experiences to promote and improve HIV and TB services in 25 wards of Ukerewe district, Mwanza
- STEPS Tanzania will improve access, uptake, and the quality of HIV services among HIV beneficiaries in Kisarawe district, Pwani.
- Education Outreach Tanzania (EDOTA) will improve HIV service delivery in nine health facilities in Mpanda district, Katavi.
- Agape AIDS Control Programme will promote feedback mechanisms for people living with HIV and encourage data driven changes in care and treatment at health facilities in Shinyanga district, Shinyanga.
- Community Development Trust Fund of Tanzania (CDTF) will build capacity of HIV and health services in Kisarawe district, Pwani.
To learn more about the Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief, contact the PEPFAR Civil Society Outreach Coordinator at PEPFARGrantsDar@state.gov