HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
CDC works with the Ministries of Health (MoH) on the mainland and Zanzibar to support HIV testing, prevention, care and treatment services, and to strengthen health systems.
Scale-up of HIV Care and Treatment
Over the past decade, CDC has been instrumental in the scale-up of HIV care and treatment services in Tanzania. In 2004, CDC supported 11 care and treatment facilities in Tanzania and less than 5,000 people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART). By September 2013, CDC supported care and treatment services at 775 facilities (60 percent of all facilities nationwide) and supported 357,196 people in care, including 258,858 adults and 18,646 children on antiretroviral therapy.
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Transition to Option B+
CDC is assisting the MoH with rolling out and monitoring the implementation of new guidelines to offer ART to all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women regardless of CD4 count.
Scale-Up of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)
CDC targets VMMC services among high risk populations in the fishing communities surrounding Lake Victoria.
Reaching Key Populations (KP)
CDC supports studies to understand the impact of HIV in people who inject drugs, female sex workers, and men who have sex with men. CDC supports testing, prevention, and linkage to care and treatment services for KPs.
Strengthening Public Health Systems)
CDC supports laboratory capacity building in HIV and tuberculosis diagnosis, staging, monitoring, quality assurance, and early infant HIV diagnosis; training for in epidemiology for physicians, health officers, laboratorians and others; and improved data collection and analysis to support planning.
Human Resources for Health
CDC supports the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Office in increasing the number of qualified healthcare workers. In 2013, CDC contributed to graduating over 1,033 new healthcare workers, including: community health workers, para-social workers, nurses, and clinicians. The Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program trains leaders in field epidemiology/laboratory management and provides epidemiologic services to national and local health authorities. As of 2014, 80 Master’s level epidemiologists have been trained.
CDC supported the establishment of the first National Health Laboratory in Tanzania and its Quality Assurance and Training Centre (NHLQATC). With funding and technical assistance provided by CDC, 2 Labs (NHLQATC and Bugando Medical Center) have been accredited to International Standards ISO15189, and 48 labs have now been enrolled in the World Health Organization’s Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation program.