The babies were born in four regions where Ariel Glaser Pediatric AIDS Healthcare Initiative (AGPAHI) executes its programmes.

Tanzania Commission for Aids (TACAIDS) Executive Director Dr Leonard Maboko, presiding over the launch of AGPAHI 2018/2022 strategic plan in Dar es Salaam yesterday, appreciated the organisation's splendid work.

He said AGPAHI has performed impressive works in Mwanza, Mara, Simiyu and Shinyanga regions, adding that Tanzania is determined to see its citizens especially mothers managing the scourge.

Dr Maboko hinted that AGPAHI strategy was in line with the government and global plan to minimise the scourge to zero per cent, singling out UNAIDS as also their best partner and financier in the goal.

Appealing to the NGO to sustain and continue with the drive if possible countrywide, the Executive Director said stigma against People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) remains prevalent and should be the major focus. "Out of women who have been pregnant in the past 12 months, 92 per cent know their serostatuses... I congratulate AGPAHI for the mobilisation, the Ministry of Health, TAMISEMI and other stakeholders for that," further said Dr Maboko.

 

Pointing out that in 2016, about 90 per cent of pregnant and lactating mothers voluntarily tested their serostatus and knew their statuses, where in turn about 98 per cent enrolled in health facilities for ARV cares.

He said that by 2020 any HIV positive person would have enrolled in the health cares.

Imeelezwa kuwa vijana na watoto wanaoishi na maambukizi ya Virusi vya UKIMWI wanahitaji msaada maalumu wa kisaikolojia kwa ajili ya kukabiliana na athari za kimwili, kisaikolojia, kijamii na kiroho  ili waweze kuishi maisha marefu, yenye furaha na matumaini hivyo kutimiza ndoto zao. 

Rai hiyo imetolewa leo Jumatatu Disemba 10,2018 na Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Mwitikio wa Kitaifa, Tume ya Kudhibiti UKIMWI Tanzania (TACAIDS), Bi Audrey Njelekela wakati akifungua Kambi ya Watoto na Vijana ya Ariel 2018 katika hoteli ya Serene,  jijini Dar es salaam. 

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