Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: HIV/Aids Behavioural Monitoring Survey Report Nears Completion

A MULTI-SECTORAL project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Roads II, shared with stakeholders over the weekend a draft report of the ongoing behaviour monitoring survey (BMS).

Official findings of the survey that focused on five sites namely Kahama, Makambako, Mwanza, Port of Dar es Salaam and Tunduma will be released soon after the incorporation of inputs obtained from various stakeholders during a dissemination workshop held in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

According to Dr Melchiade Ruberintwari, Roads II Country Manager, the main objective of the survey was to provide HIV/AIDS programme managers and policy makers with information they need to plan and implement interventions, including resource mobilization and allocation.

The survey focused on six population groups covered by the project's HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, male truckers, female sex workers, women in low-income households, in-school youths, out-of-school youths and people living with HIV.

Roads II project uses a concept in which a cluster composed of homogenous groups come together to implement coordinated activities in a specific programme area. Different interventions are implemented through the clusters at selected SafeTStop sites depending on the needs of the area.

The SafeTStop concept reaches key and other vulnerable populations. Generally, the main aim of the Roads II project is to break the chain of HIV transmission along the transport corridor.

In his opening remarks, Tanzania Commission for Aids (TACAIDS) Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Jerome Kamwela, who represented Dr Raphael Kalinga, the Director of Policy in the commission encouraged the project to finalize the document and package it in a way that it can be disseminated to wide audiences including at the sites where the survey was conducted.

"I encourage you to share your feedback so that together we can enrich this document and the process," said Dr Kamwela. Adding; "I want to reiterate the government's call to all stakeholders to play part and make the reduction of new HIV infections a historic success, involving all Tanzanians, adults and youths, married and unmarried, HIV positive or HIV negative. The prevention of HIV infection concerns everyone, and together we can make a difference.

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