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African Youth and Orphan Relief and Progressive Organisation

African Youth and Orphan Relief and Progressive Organisation

TABATA - CCM/ILALA, Tanzania

HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES

The core of the government’s Healthcare policy is to eventually provide healthcare that is affordable and access to all. Basic areas of concern raised in the Health Systems survey showed that infant mortality rates were still alarmingly in some regions, as are variations in level of immunisation.

The available information states that the major challenges facing Tanzania are infectious diseases related to poverty, emerging chronic diseases and injuries. Diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria continue to be cause for concern, as conditions such as Hypertension.

 

Overview:

AIDS is classified as a communicable disease in Tanzania. Consensus is that a coercive approach to controlling HIV drives it underground and encourages its spread. AYORPO has thus adopted a human rights approach to the disease, seeking to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge and means to avoid infection, encouraging the population to acknowledge their vulnerability to HIV, encouraging a positive and informed willingness to undergo Voluntary HIV Testing and a response to infected persons which includes providing adequate care, support and treatment. As consequences, infected persons are likely to be treated with greater inclusion and dignity, the government provides key services through clinics and hospitals.

Factors influencing the spread of the disease include poverty, migration, the position of women in society, socio-economic conditions, unemployment, the challenges of presented by development, illiteracy and poor education. The epidemic exacerbates these factors, causing a cycle of infection, vulnerability and poverty. AYORPO empowers individuals and communities with the knowledge and means to avoid infection through Training, Information and Counselling centres.

To reach out to local communities and support the capacity building/empowering of people to take action to prevent and mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in their own communities, by means of training them on the prevention of transmission of HIV/AIDS, care and support, nutrition and treatment.

Independent evaluation of our programmes have shown statistically significant increase in young people’s knowledge, confidence and attitude markers across arrange of areas. These include improvements in Sexual and Reproductive Health, reductions in teen pregnancies and behaviour associated with HIV infection, and improved engagement in income generating activities

 

October 4, 2013
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