Ministry of Tanzania Plans HIV Initiative for Young Women

5 June 2018

Tanzania's Ministry of Health, Community, Development, Gender, Elderly and Children launched a new programme to combat HIV among adolescent girls and young women in the Singida region and to raise public awareness on adolescent girls and young women just out of school.

The programme is being implemented jointly by the Ministry, AMREF, TAYOA, and TACAIDS in partnership with the Global Fund. It is a pilot project for the regions of Singida, Dodoma and Morogoro where about ten districts will be covered. 

During the launch, Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Community Development Section, Mr Marcel Katemba said his ministry would use its mandate to ensure the programme was implemented in a "friendly and conducive" environment - which is why "the baseline activity begins with community development experts from regions under coverage."

Meanwhile, Singida Deputy Municipal Mayor Ms Yagi Kiaratu has observed that HIV infections were rampant and hailed the ministry for its decision to implement the project in Singida. She called on the practitioners within the project to help reduce the infection rate or put an end to the pandemic altogether.

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