U.S. Government Renews Commitment to Combat HIV/AIDS with Tanzania Peoples Defense Forces

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Inmi Patterson and the TPDF Chief of Medical Services, Major General (Dr.) Dennis Raphael Janga signed an arrangement that represents a shared commitment to sustainable access to medical services and strategic response to the threat of HIV/AIDS.

Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. The U.S. Government through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) renewed a cooperative arrangement with the Tanzania Peoples Defense Forces (TPDF) on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017 at a signing ceremony to reaffirm their joint efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. WRAIR is a component of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and has worked directly with the TPDF since 2004 to implement HIV/AIDS relief programs in Tanzania.

The signing of the Arrangement by the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania Dr. Inmi Patterson and the TPDF Chief of Medical Services, Major General (Dr.) Denis Raphael Janga represents a shared commitment to sustainable access to medical services and a strategic response to the threat of HIV/AIDS.

Signed in April 2011, the original Arrangement outlined strategic bilateral collaboration to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of treatment and prevention services.
Through sustained, collaborative partnerships of this type, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) provides a platform for militaries including the TPDF to better understand the health threats, target behaviors, and risk factors associated with HIV transmission.

“The success of the WRAIR/TPDF cooperation is indisputable; the benefits undeniable,” said Chargé Patterson. “Together, we’ve ensured sustainable access to medical services through the construction of new facilities, the renovation of existing care and treatment centers, and the equipping of laboratories.”

This collaborative partnership between WRAIR and the TPDF is designed to enhance and support research and the implementation of HIV care and treatment efforts in Tanzania.

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