Today in Dodoma, The United States Government, in partnership with the Government of Tanzania (GOT), is celebrating four years of successfully increasing the capacity of government entities and implementing partners to deliver quality Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services through USAID Reducing Infections through Support and Education (RISE) II project implemented by mothers2mothers. The event was attended by representatives from the Government of Tanzania Ministry of Health (MOH), the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Governance (PO-RALG) including RHMT and CHMT, Development Partners, PEPFAR Implementing Partners, Civil Society Organizations, beneficiaries, and the private sector representatives.
USAID has contributed to Tanzania’s dramatic decline in child and AIDS-related deaths as part of the U.S. government’s longstanding, bilateral partnership with Tanzania to end the HIV epidemic. Since 2003, the U.S. government’s PEPFAR program has provided more than $6 billion to support Tanzania’s control of the epidemic through prevention, testing and treatment, and health system strengthening, leading to a dramatic decline in child and AIDS-related deaths, with Tanzania close to reaching the UNAIDS 95-95-95 fast track targets for fighting HIV. Early investments in Tanzanians’ health and well-being have benefits that compound throughout their lives and make society more prosperous. This is a priority for both the governments of Tanzania and the United States, as reflected in USAID Tanzania’s five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy.
Through the RISE II project, USAID worked with the Ministry of Health to develop the National Community PMTCT Operational Framework and Implementation Guidelines to standardize implementation of peer-led PMTCT services across the country and supported implementation of the peer-led mentor mother model in PEPFAR and non-PEPFAR supported sites. Using this model, the project succeeded in putting 100% of pregnant and breast-feeding women living with HIV on Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) in the 10 mothers2mothers supported sites. As a result, over 95% of HIV exposed babies were born HIV-negative, which contributes toward achieving an AIDS-Free generation by 2030.
Today’s celebration is a result of an effective partnership led by the Ministry of Health, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Tanzania- PO-RALG (including RHMT and CHMTs), our esteemed clients, Mentor Mother Champions, health care providers at all facilities where m2m program was implemented, implementing partners and the people of Tanzania through our long-standing partnership between Tanzania and the American people.