Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Africare Renders Services to 4,000 People in Mara

OVER 4,000 people living with HIV/Aids in Mara region have started getting care provided by Africare, through its KAYA community care initiative project.

Speaking at the climax of this year's World AIDS Day over the weekend the project's Regional Team Coordinator Stephano Mugeta said that there were about 860 in Tarime district living with HIV/Aids.

There are 60 HIV/Aids providers as well 15 supervisors in various health facilities. The home based care programme which is funded by Centre for Disease Control (CDC) is reported to have significantly relieved hundreds of AIDS patients in the lake zone.

Africare is an international NGO based in Washington DC, and it has been working in Tanzania since 1994. Tarime District Commissioner (DC) Mr John Henjewele has hailed the NGO's efforts meant to improve health status of people living with HIV/ AIDS.

"This is a commendable work and you need to expand your services to other areas that are yet to be reached", the DC remarked shortly after getting a briefing at the Africare's pavilion during the World AIDS Day occasion marked at Sirari ward at the regional level on Saturday.

Dozens of Tarime residents flocked into the NGO's pavilion to get in-depth details about it's services from experts who included government medical personnel based in Tarime. Sirari is one of the areas rated to have the highest rate of HIV infection in the Northern Tarime District, according to government officials.

Africare is also implementing another progrmme dubbed Lake Zone Health and Economic Initiative (LAZHEDI) that fights poverty, HIV and AIDS in the communities living near North Mara Gold Mine.

The three years programme is sponsored by African Barrick Gold (ABG) in a joint cooperation with the USAID through the Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy (TCME).

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