The United States Government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has approved plans to provide US$526 million over the coming year to combat HIV/AIDS in Tanzania.
Chargé d’Affaires Virginia Blaser said, “On behalf of the American people, we are extremely pleased to continue our support for and partnership with the Tanzanian people. Together, we are working to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation in Tanzania – one in which no one is left behind.”
This support will bring the total number of Tanzanians on HIV treatment up to 1.2 million and will advance the fight against HIV through testing, treatment, viral suppression, and prevention, toward the ultimate goal of completely eliminating AIDS by 2030.
The funds will support the activities under the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan from October 2017 to September 2018, and represent a 12.3% increase over last year’s budget.
Under the renewed plan, PEPFAR will work with the Government of Tanzania and implementing partners to provide HIV testing to 8.6 million Tanzanians and provide treatment to 360,000 people who newly test positive, bringing the total number of Tanzanians on HIV treatment up to 1.2 million.
The budget includes special allocations for the care and treatment of orphans and vulnerable children and to prevent gender-based violence. In addition, to further prevent HIV transmission, PEPFAR will support voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for 890,000 men.
This plan continues the United States’ longstanding partnership with Tanzania in the health sector, including a decade of collaboration to successfully curb HIV transmission and work towards an AIDS-Free Generation.