Local Partners Excel In Comprehensive HIV & AIDS Service Delivery (LEAD) Project

Providing sustainable HIV and AIDS services

About the Project

In Tanzania, about 5% of adults are living with HIV or AIDS. While HIV/AIDS remains a major public health issue, intensive global efforts are working to prevent further transmission and prolong lives.

Building on the successes of the AIDSRelief project (2004-2012), Project LEAD is designed to increase access to HIV care, treatment, and support services for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) and their families.

IMA’s work is primarily behind the scenes—supporting, strengthening, and providing sub-grants to public and faith-based health facilities in the Mara, Manyara, and Tanga regions.

IMA works with these health facilities to build their capacity in financial and program management, US Government grant regulations and compliance, and other administrative and management tasks. In addition, we provide technical assistance in clinical service delivery, ensuring that equipment and medications that fight opportunistic infections are available in ample supply.

“LEAD” stands for Local Partners Excel in Comprehensive HIV & AIDS Service Delivery. As its name suggests, a key goal of Project LEAD is to gradually transition the leadership and management of the HIV care and treatment centers to local partners to encourage long-term sustainable impact. Since 2004, IMA has been working with a local partner, the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), and by the project’s end IMA will transfer all project activities to CSSC.

Project Objectives

  • Expand access to HIV care, treatment, and support services for PLWHA and their families.
  • Empower local partners to provide quality HIV care and support.
  • Empower government partners to provide quality HIV care and support services long after our project ends.

Key Achievements

Major achievements include:

  • Building the capacity of 87 public and faith-based health facilities.
  • Providing sub-grants to 32 public and faith-based health facilities.
  • Currently providing HIV care to 83,244 patients.
  • Initiated 52,509 patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART).
  • Providing ART to 3,327 children (0-4 years old) for a total of 7,152 children under the age of 14.