Tz benefited 14tri/- from PEPFAR funds for fight against HIV

UNITED States (US) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided funds amounting to 6 billion US dollars (about 14tri/-) to help Tanzania in the fight against AIDS in the past 20 years.

The funds were given to the government and nonprofit organisations involved in the efforts to address the AIDS crisis in the country.

The Associate Director of Programmes with Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tanzania, Dr George Mgomella, made revelation during the AIDS exhibition awareness week in Lindi region.

“In the past 20 years, the US government through PEPFAR has provided funds to the government of Tanzania and other nonprofit organisations involved in the efforts of addressing AIDS crisis in the country,” he said.

Dr Mgomella said the funds have been used to support HIV testing interventions and provision of antiretroviral treatment for the HIV/AIDS patients.

According to Dr George, the funds were also used to strengthen health systems in other various areas.

Dr George said the funds have helped the government to reverse the spread of the AIDS disease.

“For last 34 years, AIDS epidemic was a threat, a lot of deaths on people with HIV, but due to intervention through PEPFAR funding, Tanzania has been able to reverse the trend of the epidemic,” he said.

According to the reports, Tanzania has consistently reduced the number of new HIV infections and deaths by 50 per cent between 2010 and 2021.

The latest report by United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS indicates that in 2010 the number of people who were newly infected by HIV stood at 110,000 and AIDS related deaths accounted for 54,000 lives.

Dr George said CDC under PEPFAR funding supported Tanzania towards achieving successful in its efforts to mitigate HIV/AIDS.

“We have been collaborating with the government of Tanzania through the ministry of health, TAMISEMI and Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) to address HIV/AIDS crisis, ” he said.

CDC works with Management Development for Health (MDH), AMREF, Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) and ICAP organisations in Tanzania to support HIV/AIDS prevention in Tanzania.

 

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