CDC Tanzania Adapts: Maximizing Public Health Impact During COVID-19


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CDC Tanzania Adapts

Maximizing Public Health Impact During Covid-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic required the CDC Tanzania office to rapidly prioritize and leverage existing technical expertise and programmatic investments. CDC and partners focused their efforts on two main areas:

  • Support for the COVID-19 response in country.
  • Maintaining delivery of essential tuberculosis (TB) and HIV services.

CDC, Government of Tanzania officials, and partners continue their commitment to follow social distancing guidelines, to wear masks when in close proximity to others, and to limit large gatherings of people. Collectively, we came together to:


  • Continuing routine HIV testing services to sexual contacts, children of persons with HIV, and community activities that focus on identifying people at high-risk for new HIV diagnoses.
  • Reducing the risk of COVID-19 among facility and community health workers by providing trainings on infection prevention and control practices, and scaling-up reporting approaches that allow for remote monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of PLHIV by training staff on standard procedures to triage patients with possible COVID-19 at healthcare facilities, and set up handwashing stations at the entry points to all facilities.
  • Distributing information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at healthcare facilities and in communities.


  • Enhancing support for surveillance systems and rapid response teams to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Support the training and mobilization of Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program graduates and trainees, Rapid Response Teams, and community health workers to investigate, trace, and monitor possible COVID-19 cases.


  • Scaling up access to innovative models of care and treatment services for PLHIV, including community-based medication refills, to reduce the time they spend in healthcare facilities.
  • Supporting the expansion of subnational Emergency Operations Centers to help coordinate and manage COVID-19 response efforts in the country.

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Page last reviewed: October 28, 2020
Content source: Global Health