African Initiatives’ HIV/AIDS Projects
Our health and well-being programme tackles the issues related to female SRH as indicated above. We currently run two projects with TAWREF that directly work to combat the problem of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania:
Accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights for Vulnerable Women and Girls: Funded by UK aid from the UK government, this project was launched in April 2018 and is designed to improve the health and well-being of hard-to-reach groups in Hai district, particularly female sex workers, vulnerable young women, people with disabilities and people living with HIV. It is a targeted outreach project that works through peer educators, the agents of change, as well as with government service providers and community leaders. TAWREF named the project ‘Shirikisha Wote’ which means ‘Involve All’ in Swahili, and this is the vision we have for this vital, life-changing work. Read more about our project
HIV and AIDS Intervention: This 3-year Trusts and Foundations-funded project increases knowledge of HIV prevention amongst teachers, children and parents. With the support of local governments and health facilities, we provide testing and early access to care and treatment in twelve schools in Kilimanjaro region.
Our third and final project year (started February 2019) focusses on translating improved understanding of HIV/AIDS -achieved in the first two years – into actions that reduce children’s exposure to HIV infection. We are working to provide 36 teachers, 720 children, 2,400 parents and 60 local leaders with a deeper understanding of what drives positive behaviour change as behaviour change is key to improving children’s decision-making power in relation to their SRH.