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We support marginalised and vulnerable populations to access their health rights, with a particular focus on women and children. In the areas in which we work, there is widespread discrimination against women and the majority are excluded from decision-making regarding their own welfare and reproductive health. We provide education to women and their communities and work to give them a voice.

Our Projects

AIDS – Free Generation

African Initiatives and TAWREF are working towards the dream of an AIDS-Free Generation in Tanzania. We are currently working with twelve primary schools in Kilimanjaro region to reach 720 pupils at risk. 6% of young people have HIV often contracting the virus from their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. For many, the virus will already have developed into AIDS by the time they get to school, and yet most are unaware they are even infected. We are offerng testing and treatment and setting up peer education structure to educate young people and the communities about how HIV is spread. Read more about the project here

HIV and Aids Health Clubs

African Initiatives has been working with the Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy (CASEC) in Tanzania since 2010. We work with fourteen secondary schools in Arusha (around 7,000 students each year) to develop Health Clubs. Peer educators from each club are trained, and then share their learning with the rest of the school. The sessions provide a space to learn about issues surrounding HIV & AIDS in a no-taboos setting, but they have become a lot more than this. Students at Oloirien School for example, have dug a vegetable garden which provides food for the whole school, including those students who could not afford lunch in the past. Read the project summary here

Accessing Health Rights                                   

Between September 2011 and August 2015 we ran a project in partnership with The Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC) in Northern Ghana. This four-year project was designed to address the barriers to women registering for the government health insurance scheme in the deprived rural areas of the Upper East and Northern region and to improve the reproductive health knowledge and status of the marginalised and vulnerable population. In addition, the project worked to improve women’s participation in decision-making, including reproductive health choices. Read the project summary here

“There are cases of women delivering and losing their babies in villages due to a lack of proper information on reproductive health and this is a project which gives information on sexual reproductive health, family planning and Ante-natal and Post Natal care, which will go a long way to stopping mothers from losing their babies.” Becky Seidu- Women’s Rights Coordinator

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