World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day 2015

On the first of December 2015, two World AIDS Day events took place at the same time. With a distance of about 1,000 km between the two locations, over 6,000 Tanzanians came together to fight against HIV/AIDS. The edutainment not only informed them about the importance of reducing the stigma and the possibilities Tanzania offers to those infected, but also motivated over 900 people to get tested on the day itself. The people still waiting in line at the end of the day were sent to nearby clinics, that saw an increase of the number of attendees in the following days.

Kahama

Kahama Medical Cultural Troupe (KMCT) was trained by Jimmy, our theatre coach who is trained by Makini Organisation, in the weeks prior to World AIDS Day. With his experience in forum theatre, he created an interactive theatre show based on the highest risk groups in Kahama region. The activating end of the performance motivated the visitors to get tested in the clinics on site. Shaibu, a popular artist from Mwanza, paid special attention to the 4 testing units during his uplifting performance. This specific encouragement on stage; the presence of Member of Parliament Mr. Kishimba and his activating speech for ‘his people’; the public announcement via speakers on a pickup truck and the energetic approach of doctors, counselors, volunteers and the GUTz team motivated 763 people to get tested for HIV. The bottleneck for tests was capacity: even at closing time there was still a line in front of the testing units. Luckily these people could be redirected to the local clinic next to the CDT ground.

With this successful day we exceeded our goal of 550 people to test, but also gained trust of the District Commissioner and Member of Parliament concerned to support us in future projects.

763 People tested

  • HIV -
  • HIV +

Chalinze

Chalinze is a town about two hours drive from Dar es Salaam. The smaller scale event organized here followed research from our Medical Advisors of Pasada Clinic and our Tanzanian Team. The town serves as a stop for many bus -and truck drivers to take a rest, a group that is at high risk for HIV due to their long hours away from home and interaction with sex workers.

 

Due to the announcement of the newly elected President that all World AIDS Day celebrations should be cancelled, some miscommunication with local police arose. Of course our event is not just a celebration, but an edutainment event, with a major focus on education and encouraging of testing. Unfortunately this information, that was of course communicated months before, got lost in the system, but around 2pm the team finally received the go ahead and the event could officially kick-off. Despite the challenges of a short 4 hour timeframe, the team still managed to test 136 people and all others were directed for testing the next day at the government hospital.

 

136 People tested

  • HIV -
  • HIV +