By APN Reporter
Today, representatives from the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the government of Tanzania celebrated their continued partnership to provide lifesaving HIV interventions through the launch of the new Kizazi Hodari (“Powerful Generation”) project. The five-year, $56 million project implements lifesaving services proven to prevent HIV and improve the quality of life for vulnerable children and communities affected by HIV across Tanzania.
Tanzania has made considerable progress in fighting HIV/AIDS. Since 2003, the U.S. government, through PEPFAR in Tanzania, has provided over $6 billion toward fighting the virus and has been the largest supporter of HIV/AIDS relief in Tanzania. Today, more than 1.5 million HIV-positive Tanzanians are on anti-retroviral treatment enabling them to live longer, healthy lives. However, the goal of ending HIV is challenged by undiagnosed HIV status; low percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS on treatment; viral suppression; and high HIV prevalence among adolescent girls and women.
Kizazi Hodari builds on the success of previous USAID activity, Kizazi Kipya (“New Generation”) and current activity ACHIEVE, by working with the government of Tanzania, local communities, and youth to address these challenges. Kizazi Hodari aims to improve the health, well-being, and protection of orphans, vulnerable children and youth in high HIV burden communities. The project will also increase access and use of health/HIV prevention, care and treatment, protection, education and socio-economic services among orphans, vulnerable children and youth.
Speaking at today’s launch, USAID Mission Director V. Kate Somvongsiri remarked, “To reach epidemic control, all of us here today must deepen our commitment to strengthen Tanzania’s health systems and reinforce efforts to end this deadly disease. Kizazi Hodari, with its family-focused and child-centered approach to health, safety, schooling, and stability, is a critical element in this effort. We are proud to be a part of this important effort.”