Recent studies show that around 1.5 million Tanzanians live with HIV, with 65,000 new cases each year, over 4 million Tanzanians are at risk of blindness caused by trachomaa, a neglected tropical disease, and Under-five children across the mainland and Zanzibar suffer from malnutrition and stunting at various levels.
PDF is invested in enabling Tanzanians to increase their control over—and to ultimately improve—their health. To that end, PDF has worked with a variety of international donors and leading NGOs to implement programs focused on effective, measurable, and sustainable health promotion. Interventions have included the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDs, the mitigation of Neglected Tropical Diseases such as trachoma, and the prevention, care, and treatment of viral hepatitis.
Of recently, PDF is supporting the Ministry of Health to provide quality services in various areas including HIV/AIDS, Trachoma control, Viral Hepatitis B & C, Nutrition, Health promotion campaigns as well as Maternal and Child healthcare (MCH). Other support provided as part of capacity building and technical support to MOH, Regional & District Hospitals, Health centers and Dispensary includes training, mentorship, development of health guideline and strategies (recently supported development of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) for Viral Hepatitis B and Viral Hepatitis B & C strategic plan (2018-2023) as well as designing of health promotion related materials.
On HIV/AIDS, PDF is supporting the MOHCDGEC through National Aids Control Program (NACP) and other partners to address stigma and discrimination, reaching youth with HIV testing and counseling and immediate linkage to treatment, care and support services including health education; safer sexual practices; risk reduction counseling and education programs to reduce incidence of gender-based violence (GBV).
On Viral Hepatitis B&C, PDF is building Ministry of Health capacity to establish access to diagnostic and treatment services to viral hepatitis in the context of continuum of care and in accordance with universal health coverage. Other areas include strengthening preventive measures to halt transmission of viral hepatitis with special focus on blood safety, vaccinations, infection prevention and control (IPC), and injection safety.