Adolescents aged 10-19 constitute 50% of Tanzania’s rapidly growing population. Tanzania has one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies—yet widespread poverty persists with 47% (2016) of the population living below the poverty line of $1.90 per day.
The impact of the HIV epidemic in Tanzania is enormous: an estimated 1.4 million people are living with HIV, and about 55,000 people are newly infected each year while 33,000 die annually. Although national HIV prevalence is declining (down to 4.9% from 7.0% in 2003/4), there is tremendous variation in different geographical regions—with some regions in Tanzania having prevalence rates as high as 15.4%. There are also substantial gender disparities in HIV prevalence. Prevalence among Tanzanian young women age 15-24 are approximately double the rates of adolescent boys and young men in the same age range.
The combination of poverty and the HIV epidemic has led to disrupted family structures and an estimated 1.3 million children orphaned or vulnerable.
We are working to address the hardships facing Tanzania’s most vulnerable children by collaborating with communities, local institutions, and the government.
A recent national survey on violence against children (VAC) found that nearly one-in-three girls and one-in-seven boys reported at least one experience of sexual violence prior to age 18. Childhood sexual violence is related to an increased number of sexual partners and thus increases the vulnerability of these children as documented by numerous organizations and studies. Furthermore, an estimated one-in-five children is engaged in child labor.
Our programs are evidence-based and provide a full range of services and opportunities to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS to keep them healthy, safe, stable, schooled—and remain HIV negative. For children and adults living with HIV, we support enrollment, adherence, and retention to antiretroviral therapy through a range of socio-economic “wrap-around” services and referral networks.
- Community Health and Social Welfare System Strengthening Program (CHSSP)
- DREAMS Innovation Challenge (DREAMS-IC)
- Waache Wasome