Every year, World AIDS Day is observed on December 1.

This year in Tanzania, IMA World Health and our partners are celebrating World AIDS Day in the Njombe Region, which has the highest prevalence rate in the country (14.8%).  The LEAD Project has joined TACAIDS, the  Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and other stakeholders implementing various HIV/AIDS activities for this week-long celebration taking place from 24th November to 1st December.  This year’s theme is “Getting to ZERO”:

  • ZERO new infections (maaumbikizi sifuri).
  • ZERO stigma and discrimination (unyanyapaa na ubaguzi sifuri).
  • ZERO HIV/AIDS-related deaths (vifo sifuri vitokanavyo na VVU na ukimwi).

The LEAD Project is one of the PEPFAR-funded HIV/AIDS projects in Tanzania, implementing HIV care and treatment and PMTCT in Mara, Tanga and Manyara regions. The LEAD Project, led by Catholic Relief Services and implemented by IMA, is fully participating in this event by supporting the the organizers in making the event successful and demonstrating our commitment in supporting Tanzania in “Getting to ZERO.”

LEAD has two booths to showcase the work and success stories that triumph in the project for visitors, including community members and fellow implementers. In one booth, LEAD staff are providing health talks on care and treatment and PMTCT and sharing the project’s successes to visitors. In the second booth, LEAD is sharing the exciting, innovative mHealth technologies the project uses to collect reports and make informed decisions. LEAD staff are also providing hands on demonstrations on how the tools (IQSMS and IQTools) are used.

LEAD is also joining the Tanga and Mara Regional Health Management teams (RHMTs) for celebrations in those regions.

Opening day march through Njombe town to the stadium
The World AIDS Day LEAD Project Booths
The Njombe Regional Commissioner and TACAIDS delegates visit the LEAD Booth
The World AIDS Day LEAD Project Booths