According to the third Tanzania HIV and Malaria Indicator Survey 2011 – 2012 (THMIS III), overall, 5.1% of Tanzanians age 15-49 are HIV-positive. HIV prevalence is higher among women (6.2%) than among men (3.8%). In Mainland Tanzania, HIV prevalence among women and men age 15-49 has decreased from 7.0% in the 2003-04 to 5.3% in the 2011-12.
TAMWA believes that if the government and people in the society are not cooperative to each other in the fight against GBV this year’s theme “Tanzania without new HIV infections, Deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, Discrimination and Stigma is possible” cannot be realized.
However, TAMWA’s Anti Gender Based Violence (GBV) programme of Building and Strengthening Gender Equality and Eradication of Violence against Women and Children (GEWE II) through the media has been providing education on the awareness of gender based violence acts and their effects calling on the government and legal organs to put in place strategies that would alleviate such acts.
TAMWA believes that if incidents of Gender Base Violence on women and children are timely reported and legal action taken against perpetrators spread of HIV will be equally reduced.
Valerie N. Msoka