Country of Operation
- Mildmay TanzaniaNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummaryMaisha Kikamilifu is empowering people living with HIV by enhancing their access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, promoting their full involvement in advocacy against stigma and discrimination, and facilitating their engagement in income-generating activities.
Key program components
With a grant from the Rapid Funding Envelope (RFE), Maisha Kikamilifu has established two patient support centres to foster delivery of comprehensive HIV/AIDS care to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The patient support centres have been very instrumental in tracking treatment defaulters by networking with home-based care providers. The centres also provide other services such as treatment of opportunistic infections, pain relief and symptoms control. As part of the empowerment strategy, Maisha Kikamilifu focuses on harnessing the potential of PLWHA as ambassadors of hope for positive living, through training in appropriate skills including public speaking and disclosure of status. It also supports participation of PLWHA in events such as the World AIDS Day, community sensitisation activities, and other AIDS related events. However, full empowerment and positive living cannot be attained without reliable sources of income. Thus, the project facilitates formation of support groups of PLWHA and establishment of income generating activities as a way of assisting the members to raise their income levels. With improved income, the PLWHA will be able to support their families economically, access care and treatment services regularly, and improve their nutritional intake. Subsequently, Maisha Kikamilifu offers basic training to PLWHA in entrepreneurship, animal husbandry including poultry and fish farming, and crop production. It also provides the PLWHA support groups with small seed grants as start-up capital for their income generating activities. Current project outputs: * 2 patient support centres established in Rombo and Same Districts * 3,500 PLWHA (adults and children) receiving care both at the facility and in the community * 76 support groups consisting of 875 PLWHA formed * 875 PLWHA trained on stigma and discrimination, public speaking, adherence, as well as group dynamics and management * 49 support groups received seed grants as capital for income generating activities