It is estimated that two thirds of the world’s population living with AIDS are located in sub-Saharan Africa, with a large majority of those affected being women, young adults and children. People affected by HIV & AIDS often experience poverty, homelessness, school drop-out, discrimination, loss of life opportunity and early death.
Tanzania has one of the highest national HIV & AIDS prevalence rates in the world. The estimated HIV prevalence rate is 8.6% among adults aged 15-49, and 65% of new infections occur among youth aged 15-24 years. Women and girls are disproportionally affected. They are influenced by gender inequality through a range of factors including low educational attainment, early and forced marriage, the expectation that they should have children and sexual violence. In many instances, poor family relationships and strong religious beliefs make sexual topics such as HIV & AIDS taboo within the family unit and so for many adolescents there is just nowhere to learn about them. Moreover social expectations and economic necessity mean that adolescents and women comply with sexual demands despite their lack of protection. As a result there is a lack of awareness and education about HIV & AIDS in Tanzania, particularly amongst children.
Tanzania Projects: HIV & AIDS Skills to Save Lives
Watch Amanda Grimstead describing the HIV and AIDs awareness programme undertaken by CASEC in 14 Arusha Secondary Schools, Tanzania