The United States Embassy in Tanzania announced on Friday a 512-million-U.S.-dollar commitment to fight HIV/AIDS in the East African nation.
Acting U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Inmi Patterson announced the commitment in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam where she was joined by the Tanzanian deputy minister of health Faustine Ndugulile.
Patterson said the United States through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) sought to bring HIV/AIDS under control by September 2019.
The embassy said the latest HIV/AIDS Impact Survey released in December 2017 showed Tanzania had fallen behind other countries in the region in control of the disease.
“Only about half of all people with HIV in Tanzania have been tested and know that they have HIV. Tanzania must get back on track, and this will require greater public awareness and people should be tested, adoption of new policies and proper implementation of the policies,” said the statement.
The statement added: “PEPFAR encourages everyone, especially men, to talk to a health worker about getting tested for HIV.”
According to statistics by the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS), Tanzania has an estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS, but only 52 percent of them are aware of their condition.
The disease has mostly affected the youth aged between 14 and 25 years, says TACAIDS. Enditem