24 February 2014

Tanzania: TACAIDS Assured of Govt Support Over HIV/Aids Programme

THE government has assured the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) of its full support over an ambitious plan to attain 'Three Zeros,' that is aimed at eliminating new HIVrelated infections, deaths and stigma.

"My office is ready to support you in your endeavours. We are ready to help you to face the challenges of attaining the plan. Only that you need to keep us constantly informed so that we can discuss them together," the Deputy Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Regina Kikuli, said over the weekend.

Ms Kikuli made the assurance to the staff and family members of TACAIDS during a Family Day, organized by the Commission in which various matters pertaining eliminating HIV infections within family members and beyond were discussed.

She said, the PMO, being the overall coordinator of all HIV-related activities and interventions in the country, was responsible in playing its part to ensure HIV problem comes to an end, sooner or later.

One of the challenges that TACAIDS and other players are struggling to strive is seeing no Tanzanian being infected with HIV by 2018.

Another challenge is to ensure no HIV-related deaths occur by putting necessary facilities in place. But, also TACAIDS and partners are working round the clock to end stigma and discrimination that have persisted since the discovery of HIV - the virus that causes AIDS - some 33 years ago.

The PS applauded TACAIDS' efforts of widening the workplace intervention in its recently launched National Multisectoral Sector Framework (NMSF-III).

Through the strategy, apart from reinforcing the need to attain the three zeros, issues of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, blood pressure, diabetes and others has been taken care of.

The government is aware of the increasing deaths related to diseases apart from HIV and AIDS. It is high time now we throw same weight to those diseases, as we have been doing to HIV and AIDS, remarked Ms Kikuli.

Since 2007, the government through TACAIDS and other players started implementing the workplace policy on HIV. Eight years later, the policy has been improved to include other killer disease that according to Ms Kikuli, are mercilessly claiming the nation's human and financial resources.

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