Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Details for Mechanism ID: 4581
Country/Region: Tanzania
Year: 2007
Main Partner: Palladium Group (formerly Futures Group)
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,678,686

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Other Sexual Prevention (HVOP): $100,000

Plus up funding is being requested to augment the existing funding for the Constella Futures Group Health Policy Initative project under OPSS to assess and explore the policy environment concerning gender based violence issues (GBV) in Tanzania. The funding will be used specifically to address challenges inhibiting women's access to services for GBV (medical, legal, law enforcement and community). HPI will also work to more fully engage and develop capacity among women leaders and organizations in policy and leadership on GBV issues. Following initial assessment work, sensitization training will be undertaken with the key organizations and women leaders.


Target Target Value Not Applicable Number of targeted condom service outlets  Number of individuals reached through community outreach that  promotes HIV/AIDS prevention through other behavior change beyond abstinence and/or being faithful Number of individuals trained to promote HIV/AIDS prevention 50  through other behavior change beyond abstinence and/or being faithful

Key Legislative Issues Gender Reducing violence and coercion Increasing women's legal rights

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Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $1,578,686

The Health Policy Initiative (HPI) project is a follow-on to the POLICY project which was implemented in Tanzania from FY 2000 to FY 2006. HPI began in FY 2006 and aims to strengthen capacity of various stakeholders in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, family planning/reproductive health, and maternal health. Broadly, HPI focuses on empowering communities; building policy champions and advocates; strengthening leadership capacity; and advocating for increased efficiency and equitable allocation of resources for health. HPI collaborates with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA) to support legal and regulatory reforms and bodies, including the AIDS Bill, the Tanzania Commission for HIV/AIDS (TACAIDS), Tanzanian Parliamentarian AIDS Coalition (TAPAC), Tanzania Women Parliamentarians (TWP), and groups of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHAs). HPI also works with Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) and youth-based institutions to strengthening community capacity in policy dialogue and advocacy to effectively respond to HIV/AIDS.

Key achievements in FY 2006 include a draft HIV/AIDS Bill, user-friendly National HIV/AIDS Policy materials, and Gender and HIV/AIDS Policy of the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT). A total of 80 journalists and community advocates were trained to use the AIDS Impact Model as well as discuss and write about issues in the AIDS Bill. In the remaining months FY06, HPI will conduct a rapid assessment of HIV/AIDS work place initiatives, form a national youth coalition for policy advocacy, and disseminate findings on HIV/AIDS operational policy barriers to various stakeholders for review.

In FY 2007, HPI will supporting the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) to place HIV/AIDS at the center of the Media Houses agenda and strengthen their commitment to investing resources in prevention, care and support, and treatment of their employees. HPI's work with the media will contribute to stronger media advocacy for increased public and leadership participation in resource mobilization and allocation to HIV/AIDS programs, including improving accessibility to services. AJAAT will therefore spearhead the formulation and adoption of HIV workplace policies promoting prevention, care, and treatment for media employees for up to 30 media houses. Coupled with continuous capacity building of journalists, the approach will strengthen-going efforts to eliminate fear, denial, and misconceptions about AIDS.

In Morogoro and Dodoma regions, in FY 2007 HPI will build the capacity and skills of its partners in gender, stigma and discrimination, policy dialogue, and advocacy for policy implementation, while placing great emphasis on networking and strengthening of multi-sectoral partnerships. Tanzania Gender and Networking Program (TGNP) and CCT will provide the necessary skills and capacity in these specific areas to other partners and stakeholders. The Tanzania Network of Women living with HIV/AIDS (TNW+) will be supported to advocate for care, treatment, and stigma reduction in the two regions, as well as in the general areas of strategic planning, financial management, and gender and advocacy. In addition, HPI will make a pool of $75,000 available for short-term training of PLHA who haev been identified as possessing strong leadership potential.

HPI's work in FY 2007 also involves working with a youth coalition consisting of ten strong youth organizations including youth PLHAs. Africa Alive will coordinate the coalition in building a youth knowledge base in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment while sharpening their skills in leadership, management, policy dialogue, and advocacy for gender equity and equality. The coalition will target Members of Parliament (MPs), policymakers, youth PLHA groups, and the community to ensure policies and programs are sensitive to youth needs.

A substantive number of people will be targeted with HIV/AIDS information, stigma and discrimination messages through the Faith-based organizations (FBOs), namely CCT and the Muslim Council of Tanzania (BAKWATA). The approach will be unique in that it will target teachers and children in Sunday Schools and Madrassas while also strengthening national and district religious leaders' skills to effectively impart stigma and discrimination messages to their congregations. At the national level, HPI will also determine the contribution that other Collaborating Agencies (CAs) have made in supporting stigma and discrimination initiatives and take up a coordinating role to bring about desired impact. In addition, HPI will work with the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) to produce 30 minute radio broadcasts highlighting human rights and legal issues around the AIDS bill.

Through this channel, LHRC will popularize operational regulations after the passage of the AIDS law and advocate for smooth implementation of the legal framework.

A final critical area of focus for HPI is building multi-sectoral partnerships in addressing HIV/AIDS through working with Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Network (AFNET) particularly in community mobilization and advocacy for increased resources for HIV/AIDS programs.

FY 2007 outputs for HPI include: 1) Media Houses HIV/AIDS work place policies / guidelines; 2.) Operational Policy Barriers Findings Report; 3) AIDS Law; 4) Youth Coalition for HIV/AIDS Policy Dialogue; 5) HIV/AIDS-related policies analysis report; 6) Popular versions of four policies (Gender, Health, Education, Youth) impacting on HIV/AIDS; 7) Teams of Master Trainers in Stigma and Discrimination, Gender and Advocacy in Morogoro and Dodoma regions; 8) Recorded radio programs in HIV/AIDS legal issues, stigma and discrimination; 9) AJAAT website for HIV/AIDS information dissemination; 10) AJAAT Feature Service focusing on HIV/AIDS-related issues.

District-level HIV/AIDS Support with MPs: This activity will involve coordination, networking, community mobilization and planning with national authorities and, in particular, with Members of the Tanzanian Parliament. The goal of the working with the MPs will be to ensure they are positioned to advocate for the meaningful involvement of PLHA and affected communities in all aspects of the HIV/AIDS response. Additional outcomes expected to result from this activity include the fostering of meaningful involvement of PLHA and affected communities in the work, including the protection and promotion of human rights in the workplace. Activities will be structured to promote transparent governance and accountability in the MPs' communities and among their constituencies. MPs take an active role in advocating for the accountability of governments, private and public sector agencies and others. This imperative is further highlighted as more resources become available. The rights-based approach also presumes a gender perspective, recognizing that both biological and socio-cultural factors play a significant role in influencing the differential vulnerability to HIV infection and the impact of HIV/AIDS on men and women, boys and girls.

HPI will use plus up funds to strengthen the role of parliamentarians in the fight against HIV/AIDS. HPI will particularly focus in two key areas: 1) Empowering MPs to be engaged in the multi-sectoral efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. Specifically, HPI will a) strengthen MPs, the Mayors' Alliance and local councils to understand, advocate for, and support important legislation and programs related to HIV and AIDS; and b) train MPs in budget analysis and resource allocation to ensure proper allocation and utilization of HIV/AIDS funds particularly at the grassroots level. 2) Sensitize MPs on the HIV/AIDS Bill to facilitate its passage. HPI will also ensure that there is increased interaction between leadership and NGOs/CSOs/FBOs at grassroots level to ensure better use of HIV/AIDS resources.

Subpartners Total: $548,263
Christian Council of Tanzania: $68,302
Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania: $71,685
Legal And Human Rights Centre: $44,878
Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Network: $82,945
Africa Alive : $85,167
Tanzania Network of Women living with HIV And AIDS: NA
Tanzania Gender and Networking Programme: NA
National Muslim Council of Tanzania: $68,302
Tanzania Parliamentarians AIDS Coalition: $37,751
Women Legal Aid Centre: $41,885
Kinondoni District People with HIV And AIDS: $47,348