In Tanzania, we're helping the country’s younger population better protect themselves from the risk of HIV.
Efforts to address Tanzania’s HIV epidemic cross several marginalised communities, including people who use drugs and men who have sex with men (MSM). Following the election of the current President in 2015, marginalised population groups have been targeted and face an increasingly hostile environment to live in.
Of particular concern is the country’s younger population. Until November 2019, children under the age of 18 were not allowed to test for HIV without the consent of a parent or guardian. We’re working to break down the stigma surrounding HIV and help more young people access these important services.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 1.7 million people in Tanzania are living with HIV.
- The percentage of women living with HIV is almost double that of men – 6% vs 3.6%.
- There has been a 47% reduction in AIDS-related deaths since 2010.
We worked with Tanzania Council for Social Development (TACOSODE) until July 2019, helping them to support other non-governmental and community-based organisations.
We now work with REPSSI to deliver HIV programmes in Tanzania.
Our impact in Tanzania
- We reached 525 adolescent girls and young women with sexual and reproductive health (SRH) interventions through the READY+ programme.
- The Tanzania Network of Young People Living with HIV (NYP+) worked together with the National Council of People living with HIV (NACOPHA) to advocate for the lowering of the age of consent for HIV testing. It was successful, and the law changed from 18 to 15 years of age in November 2019.
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