The United Republic of Tanzania has one of the largest number of pregnant women living with HIV in the world but only under 40% anti-retroviral drug coverage in the country. This massive gap in available treatment hinders PMTCT initiatives. Despite this challenge, mothers2mothers will be implementing its program in 2011.*
*UNAIDS 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update and UNAIDS 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic
|OVERVIEW: (As of July 2012)|
|Adult HIV prevalence*||5.6%|
*Estimate, UNAIDS Report of the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010
In 2010, mothers2mothers was invited by UNICEF to introduce its Mentor Mother model in a country in desperate need for comprehensive PMTCT programs for expectant mothers. Currently, mothers2mothers has opened an office in the capital, Dar es Salaam, where staff are working on the implementation plan for 2011. In addition to the standard program curriculum, the program will focus on supporting the improvement of outcomes for women and children at risk of malnutrition. This will include nutritional screening, educational demonstrations on food preparation and infant feeding tips.
'The m2m team is excitedly ready to jump start the proposed projects in Tanzania in
collaboration with our major partners and we look forward to initiating program
activities in the immediate future and contribute our share to the expansion and
improvement of PMTCT services in Tanzania.'
(Dr. Elias Girma, Country Director)