The Sauti project, led by Jhpiego in partnership with with EngenderHealth, Pact and the National Institute for Medical Research-Mwanza, provides a community-based service to bring HIV medication to clients who have been taking ART for at least six months, report good adherence and show minimal levels of the virus in their blood or suppressed viral load. The initiative is part of the government of Tanzania’s commitment to provide quality health services to its citizens, especially those who live in remote or rural areas, reduce the transmission of HIV and, ultimately, save lives. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funds the project through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
ECHO study results released June 13 show three common contraceptives used by women in southern and eastern Africa have no substantial effect on HIV risk.
In hotspot areas such as Tandale, key and vulnerable populations are most at risk of HIV infection. The World Health Organization and others define key and vulnerable populations as adolescents and young women, sex workers, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and prisoners.
Mery faces a daily challenge — how not to join the 1,000 young women diagnosed with HIV each day. The Sauti Project in Tanzania is supporting her decision to stay healthy with prevention services and more.
Njombe Town, Tanzania—Sarafina Haule had just turned 20 when a short-lived “fling” with a traveling tree cutter left her pregnant and without support. The affair also left her with HIV.