U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief Gives Opportunities for Local Organizations to Contribute to National HIV Epidemic Control

Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA.  At a ceremony at the American Corner in the National Library in Dar es Salaam on October 1, 2019, United States Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Inmi Patterson 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 projects that address HIV in the country.

The grant recipients applied for the funding – which comes from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – by responding to an open call for proposals to address issues related to HIV/AIDS in their local communities.  Proposed projects addressed improving understanding of HIV and strengthening access to services among people living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children, key and vulnerable populations, men and young men, and adolescent girls and young women.

The recipient projects focus on key strategic priorities, including: improved treatment literacy, reduction of stigma and discrimination, innovative solutions to prevent gender-based violence (GBV), accessing support related to GBV; and reaching men with HIV testing and linkage to treatment.

The Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) started in 2009 and has provided grants to more than 130 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 2019 Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief (AFHR) awardees:

  1. BAKWATA National HIV/AIDS Program will train 150 Muslim leaders–Sheikhs, Sheikhats, Imams, Madras teachers, Muslim religious women leaders, Muslim youth leaders and People Living with HIV (PLHIV) from selected Muslim communities.
  2. Chimaba Sanaa will scale-up the response of men and young males’ voluntary testing and linkage to care and treatment in Mbarali District, Mbeya Region.
  1. Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) will build capacity of social media influencers to promote young men’s participation in HIV/AIDS testing and advocacy for a stigma free society.
  2. Foundation for Development (FODEO) using peer to peer groups will mobilize and sensitize adolescent girls and young women to know their health status by linking them to voluntary counseling and testing and health facilities for HIV testing, and HIV positive individuals will be counseled to join antiretroviral therapy (ART). Adolescent girls and young women will be provided with HIV prevention education by CHWs during household visits.
  3. Jitambue Lembuka Tanzania (JLT) will reduce violence against girls in primary and lower secondary schools, as well as girls currently out of schools. Girls affected by HIV will be given priority in the capacity building programs.
  4. Jumuiya ya Kuelimisha Athari ya Dawa za Kulevya, Ukimwi na Mimba Katika Umri Mdogo (JUKAMKUM) will leverage home visits, counseling for clients to reduce stigma, and outreach with religious and community leaders to reduce stigma and discrimination in the community.
  5. Kigoma Alliance for Community Needs (KACON) will use a Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) approach to influence and mobilize men and young males increased HIV/AIDS testing, ART adherence, and reduced stigma and discrimination.
  6. Muungano wa Vikundi vya Maendeleo ya Wanawake Kamachumu (MUVIMAWAKA) will use interactive workshops and outreach programs to reach women at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS to improve prevention, testing, and treatment retention; and increase access to support related to gender-based violence.
  7. Njombe Southern Highland Association (NSHDA) will sensitize 1,500 members of their horticulture group and the community in two wards to have access to health services for HIV testing, ART same day initiation, and education on retention for PLHIV, addressing issues of stigma and discrimination, sensitization to men and young boys for HIV testing, and addressing the impacts of GBV to the community.
  8. Parakuiyo Pastoralists Indigenous Community Development Organisation (PAICODEO) will increase treatment literacy and understanding of HIV/AIDS, and reduce stigma in traditional pastoralist communities through a variety of social behavior change communication activities.
  9. Tanzania Network of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (TNW+) will work with people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Kiteto District, which is a hard to reach area, especially during the rainy season. Community members in this area have strong traditional beliefs that affect treatment adherence and viral load suppression, and increased numbers lost to follow up.

 

To learn more about the Ambassador’s Fund for HIV/AIDS Relief, please visit the PEPFAR Tanzania website (https://tz.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/pepfar/) or contact the PEPFAR Civil Society Outreach Coordinator at PEPFARGrantsDar@state.gov.