In Tanzania currently, EQUIP provides Test & Start roll-out support, innovative models of service delivery, and viral load scale-up.
EQUIP provided direct technical support, collaborating with Deloitte through the Tunajali programme, to 163 high volume sites (mainly aggressive scale up or aggressive saturation sites) located in Iringa, Morogoro, Njombe, Ruvuma, Singida and Dodoma districts in Tanzania. EQUIP also provides technical assistance to local implementing partner, JHPIEGO through the Sauti za Watanzania (Sauti-TZ) programme which supports 15 districts.
On the Technical Assistance side EQUIP also conducted rapid assessments in Tanzania of six hospitals (Ligula Regional Hospital, Likombe Health Centre, Ufukoni Dispensary, Mazimbu District Hospital, Morogoro Regional Hospital, and Melela Health Centre).
When EQUIP partnered with JHPIEGO to strengthen the Key Population treatment cascade in advocating for a demonstration project for community-based ART for key populations. The programme objective was to promote access to HIV/AIDS services and improve ART outcomes for female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM) through a decentralized model of care. EQUIP developed the operational Research Protocol for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval; standard operating procedures for community-based ART initiation including transfer and enrolment of key populations into community ART, initiation and monitoring ART in key populations, supply chain management of ART initiation as well as laboratory and data management.
Tanzania is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies with nearly 7% annual GDP growth since 2000. While the economy has grown, widespread poverty persists with over 46% (2011) of Tanzania’s population living on under $1.90 per day. Income disparity is more pronounced in rural areas, where economic growth has been hardly perceptible among the predominantly rural (68 percent) population.
Tanzania’s natural resources are an asset to the country, providing the basis for livelihoods—but unsustainable use of these resources threatens to perpetuate the cycle of poverty. Women and youth are key to Tanzania’s continued development, but are among the most marginalized citizens.