Tanzania: NGO Supports People Living With HIV/Aids
Tanzania, AIDS Watch Indonesia (6 April 2014) - A total of 149,184 people living with HIV/ Aids have been enrolled in HIV care and support programmes supported by a non governmental organization, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF).
The EGPAF Associate Director of Field Programmes, Mr John Stephen, revealed this on Friday when handing over three cars worth 115,118 US dollars procured by EGPAF through United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The vehicles are expected to support programme implementation at Nkinga Mission hospital in Tabora, Kilwa and Nzega District hospitals.
Mr Stephen said that they are committed to taking care of people living with HIV/Aids, and make sure they don't feel isolated in the society.
"EGPAF has enrolled 84,000 people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV, including 8,300 children under the age of 15 and we have strengthened psychological support for children and families living with HIV," he said.
He further added that the main aim of EGPAF is to make sure they are supporting the prevention of mother to child HIV transmission and expanding its services to the whole community.
Mr Stephen said that the cars will be supporting different activities in the society, especially patients who live in remote areas.
"The vehicles will help the districts in supportive supervision and mentorship activities to all health facilities in the districts. They will also help in outreach services at the areas where there are no care and treatment centres especially for HIV/AIDS patients," he said.
For his part, the Nzega District Medical Officer, Dr Emmanuel Mihayo, said that in his district there are many challenges but by receiving that car to some extent it will reduce the problem to reach far places which they failed to reach before.
"The percentage of people living with HIV/Aids in Nzega is 5.2. I hope this car will help us reach remote areas to educate and help those who are living with this dreadful disease", he said.
Dr Yohana Masonda who works as Medical Officer at Nkinga Mission hospital said that the HIV transmission has gone down, but some people die for failure to get treatment early. (FRANK KIMARO/http://allafrica.com/)