Country of Operation
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Malaria and other vector borne diseases
SummaryPSI opened a Tanzania country office in 1993 to respond to the growing HIV epidemic; since then, programs have expanded to include malaria, reproductive health and family planning, child survival and diarrheal disease.
PSI Tanzania seeks to measurably improve the health of vulnerable people by promoting healthy behaviors and delivering quality affordable products and services through collaboration.
Key program components
PSI Tanzania was originally founded to combat the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country; it has since expanded its efforts to include malaria treatment and prevention, diarrheal disease and other water-borne diseases, family planning and reproductive health services, and child survival (particularly children under five). PSI Tanzania maintains a presence across the country, with Zonal Offices in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Mwanza and Arusha, and regional offices spread throughout Tanzania's regions.
PSI Tanzania's program components are widespread and vary by sector; below are examples of programs in each main issue-area:
HIV/AIDS: PSI Tanzania maintains a robust HIV/AIDS program that, among other objectives, targets high-risk groups such as truck drivers, sex workers, migrant and informal sector workers, the mining industry and youth ages 15-24. Prevention programming for these groups include condom distribution and awareness education using cultural theater, mobile video, sensitization workshops and other social marketing techniques. PSI Tanzania also distributes a Basic HIV Prevention and Care Package (BCP), which includes insecticide-treated bed nets, water treatment materials, and information on HIV counseling and testing. To reach sex workers, PSI Tanzania's programs include establishing drop-in centers where patients can access prevention materials and get referrals for STI and HIV testing and treatment, training peer educators to endorse risk-reduction behaviors, marketing condoms specifically to sex workers and their clients, and targeted behavioral change campaigns.
Family Planning and Reproductive Health: PSI Tanzania's services in this area are largely conducted through Familia, a franchise model that delivers high quality family planning and maternal health services through private providers. HIV screening and referral services are mainstreamed into these programs.
Malaria: PSI Tanzania supports malaria prevention largely through its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to develop communication materials regarding malaria treatment for the public, and through the provision of insecticide treated bed nets under the Ngao brand.
Child Survival and Water-Borne Diseases: In 2002, PSI Tanzania, in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, launched WaterGuard, which provides household water treatment. PSI also uses social marketing and local theater to model safe hygiene practices.
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