Celebrating 10 Years in Tanzania
By Anna Sawaki | September 11, 2013
Since 2003, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) has been leading the effort to eliminate pediatric HIV in Tanzania. And this August, EGPAF celebrated 10 years of great work in the country! Thanks to generous support from the U.S. Agency for Development Assistance (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), EGPAF works with the government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to offer prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services along with additional care and treatment services for HIV-positive children and adults. In addition, EGPAF collaborates with Pathfinder International to support the provision of home-based care (HBC) services.
EGPAF/Tanzania started 10 years ago with only seven staff members and one country office in Dar es Salaam. Since then, it has grown to 139 employees working in three regional field offices in Mtwara, Tabora, and Kilimanjaro supporting 1,444 PMTCT sites and 213 care and treatment (CT) sites. As of March 2013, EGPAF-Tanzania has provided more than 2.14 million women with PMTCT services, enrolled 144,186 clients into HIV care and support programs, including 13,096 children, and started 81,893 individuals on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV, including 7,987 children.
To commemorate the anniversary, EGPAF staff celebrated at a day-long event at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge- Arusha that included a staff development workshop. EGPAF Country Director Dr. Jeroen Van’t Pad Bosch took a moment to recognize EGPAF staff for their hard work:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for the tremendous work that you have been doing to help children and families who have been affected with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania,” said, Dr. Van’t Pad Bosch. He also acknowledged long-time staff, giving team members that have been with the Foundation since 2003 wall clocks as a token of appreciation for their loyalty and passion for achieving the Foundation’s mission.
Congratulations to all of EGPAF’s team members around the world on this remarkable achievement! You can learn about our effort to eliminate pediatric HIV in Tanzania here.
Anna Sawaki is Program Officer for Communications and Outreach for the Foundation, based in Tanzania.