HEALTH RIGHTS

Health and Well-Being

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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

Now launching… Sexual and Reproductive Health  Project

With the support of the Tanzania Women Research Foundation (TAWREF), we have just started work on a three-year £250,000 project to improve the health and wellbeing of female sex workers, vulnerable adolescent girls and young women, people with disabilities and people living with HIV in Hai District in Kilimanjaro region. This project is designed to improve access to sexual reproductive healthcare and gender-based violence services for the most disadvantaged. It will also seek to address the core drivers of high-risk sexual behaviour by improving economic opportunities for hard-to-reach groups via village community bank (VICOBA) schemes. This project, which is funded by UK aid from the UK government, works through peer educators – the agents of change – and partners with government service providers and community leaders to raise awareness of women’s constitutional rights. Read more about the project here

AIDS-Free Generation

African Initiatives and TAWREF are also working towards the dream of an AIDS-Free Generation. We are currently working with 12 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 offering testing and treatment, and setting up a 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 14 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 and AIDS in a no-taboos setting, and the opportunity to develop other knowledge and skills. 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 more about the project 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, which addressed the barriers to women registering for the government health insurance scheme and improved reproductive health knowledge among the most marginalised living in the deprived rural north. In addition, the project worked to improve women’s participation in decision-making, including reproductive health choices. Read the project impact report 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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