In Ngorongoro district, Arusha region, an innovative project for the establishment of a comprehensive district response to HIV/AIDS among the Maasai provides learning on confronting the pandemic in pastoralist and hard to reach communities in the East and Horn of Africa.
ACORD Tanzania was established in 1991 with an overall goal of contributing to reduction of poverty and promoting sustainable development in historically marginalised areas of North Western Tanzania. Scaling up of intervention in 1995 coincided with the Rwandan refugee crisis. Following repatriation of Rwandan refugees, the programme evolved to focus on long term local development, prioritising the promotion of participatory local governance and basic rights. Guided by our strength of linking research to programming and a drive for social justice, we seek to promote the wellbeing of marginalised people, influenced by the desire to reduce marginalisation and promote inclusive development.
>> Livelihoods and Governance: ACORD Tanzania is strengthening the capacity of civil society organisations to develop strategic linkages with local government and promoting people's access to natural resources that are critical for their livelihoods and local development. In 2009 food security dialogues through forums on Kilimo Kwanza, agro-fuels and climate change contributed to strengthening reciprocal accountability of governance structures. ACORD is also popularizing community score cards in promoting accountability in basic social service delivery and engaging communities with local governance structures on allocation and utilization of public resources.
>> Livelihoods: ACORD works with small agricultural producers in the strategic regions of Kagera and Mwanza to increase their productivity and resilience to the negative impact of climate change; add value to their agricultural products; and access credit and market information increasing competitiveness in agricultural commodity value chains.
>> Adaptation: ACORD is supporting pastoralist communities to develop disaster and risk reduction frameworks linking community level systems to district level structures and promoting mechanisms for awareness, skills building and innovations to strengthen community based capacity for climate change adaptation.
>> Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Interventions contribute towards building an integrated health system responsive to sexual and reproductive needs of women and adolescent girls, alongside reduction of harmful traditional practices which have negative impact on female health particularly female genital mutilation
Where we work
ACORD works in four regions in Tanzania, Mwanza, Kagera and Kigoma in the North West and Ngorongoro District in Arusha Region.
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Communities in Tanzania tell their stories
Balthazar, who is HIV positive, is trying to bring the HIV and AIDS situation out in the open in the community. By trying to get people to talk about it, he hopes to banish the stigma. He narrates that many doctors will not speak openly to patients or relatives of deceased patients about AIDS. Apparently they diagnose cases as ‘cancer' and then the spouse of the deceased goes away with no knowledge of their potential situation. "They go on living their lives and later get sick and don't know why. If getting tested is suggested, they are afraid, because they don't want to know and of course, by living in denial, they take no precautions", he explains. Balthazar is therefore working closely with non-governmental organisations including ACORD to sensitise the communities about the importance of seeking medical support to firmly address the pandemic.
Our partners in Tanzania
We work alongside civil society networks, government authorities, corporate and private sectors. Our projects in Mwanza work closely with IHACNET, TAWOLIHA and Mwanza Press Club; our Karagwe programmes collaborates with KADENVO, KADACONET and UWAVIUKA and Biharamulo with BANN (Biharamulo AIDS NGO Networks).
Photos, videos and publications
Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS using a community-led rights-based approach: a case study from ACORD Tanzania. ACORD Tanzania's experience in community-led mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS suggests that mainstreaming HIV and AIDS goes hand-in-hand with a rights-based approach.
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Making the law count: Tanzania: an audit of legal practice on sexual violence. A review of legal practice on sexual violence in Tanzania. The review looked at: what national laws deal with sexual violence; how judges and other court officials interpret the law; police attitude to sexual violence; and the role of health institutions. The review also makes recommendations for civil society advocacy to improve the response to sexual violence.
You can also find more resources on ACORD's work in Tanzania on our website.
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How you can support communities in Tanzania
Financial donations and in-kind support to ACORD's Tanzania Area Programme go a long way in providing support to preventing and mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS among pastoralist communities, strengthening civil society and promoting participatory governance. These act as crucial capacity building factors for successful implementation of our projects. Commitments and ownership by communities themselves to sustain their own facilities ensures that our programmes have a lasting impact on their livelihoods and their development.
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