The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MOHCDGEC), through the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) and in collaboration with the USAID Tulonge Afya Project and the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) have launched a national Test and Treat communication campaign on 19th June, 2018 in Dodoma. The overall aim of this campaign is to contribute to the government’s efforts to achieve the 90-90-90 goals for testing, treatment, and suppression of HIV/AIDS among Tanzanians by increasing awareness levels and demand creation momentum for Test and Treat services among those at high risk for HIV. This campaign has a particular focus on male engagement to increase their participation in testing and treatment. The focus on male intends to increase their participation in testing as their response to previous campaign has not been positive compared to women.
Under RHMT and CHMT leadership, USAID Tulonge Afya project supported the planning and roll out of 2 months regional level targeted HIV testing and counseling (HTC) campaign in the five regions (Iringa, Njombe, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Tabora) and enhanced districts with the highest number of people in need of knowing their HIV status. The launch events have been conducted in all five regions and the project secured the Regional Commissioners as Guest of Honor during these events. During the launch events, service delivery partners had several booths and provided various health services to the public such as HIV counselling and testing, ART initiation, health education on HIV prevention and family planning, NCD checking, TB screening, cervical cancer screening, VMMC, first aid and the public donated blood during the events.
The launch schedule was as follows;
- Njombe – 17th July, 2018 at St. Bakita primary school grounds
- Mwanza – 21st July 2018 at Furahisha grounds
- Iringa – 24th July 2018 at Kichangani grounds
- Shinyanga – 28th July 2018 at Tinde primary school grounds