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Press release

Multiple sex partners cited key HIV driver in Tanzania

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Dar es Salaam, Thursday, February 9th, 2012: People with multiple sex partners stand a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS than those with single partners, Population Service International (PSI) has warned.
This habit that’s so common among the youth has also been cited by PSI to be among the key drivers responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. The country has a HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 5.7%, according to the Tanzania HIV and Malaria Indicator Survey conducted in 2008.

"It is particularly important for the youth, who are also the most productive economically to reduce sex partners and to always use condoms in any casual sexual relationship,” said PSI HIV Program Technical Advisor Dr Alex Ngaiza at a press meeting in Dar es Salaam today.

Stating that the practice was no longer fashionable but a high risk to HIV infection Dr Ngaiza said: "There is a tendency by some people to think that having many partners could be a solution to their economic or social needs but the fact is the more partners one has the more chances he/she stands to get HIV/AIDS,” he warned.
Given the gravity of the problem in Tanzania where according to THMIS 2007/8 of married/cohabiting, 25 percent are reported to have multiple sex partners, Dr Ngaiza said PSI will later this year launch an awareness creation aimed at educating this high risk group.

PSI presented 45 cartons of Salama condoms during the meeting to four winners of last year’s TV music talent show known as Bongo Star Search for distribution as a contribution by the youths to efforts on HIV/AIDS prevention in the country.Those presented with the condoms are the 2011 Bongo Star Search competition runners up Haji Ramadhani (20 cartons) as well as Waziri Salum (10), Rogers Lucas (10), Bela Kombo (5).

About PSI/Tanzania

PSI/Tanzania is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization with health interventions programs in malaria, child survival, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the market, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower Tanzania’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.

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Wapenzi wengi chanzo cha maambukizi ya HIV nchini

Dar es Salaam, Februari 9, 2012: Watu wenye wapenzi wengi wapo katika hatari zaidi ya kuambikizwa Virusi vya UKIMWIHIV ukilinganisha na wale wenye mpenzi mmoja, shirika la PSI/Tanzania limesema.
Tabia hii ambayo imeelezwa kuwa ni maarufu miongoni mwa vijana wa Kitanzania imeelezwa kuwa ndiyo chanzo kikubwa cha kuenea kwa maambukizi ya UKIMWI nchini. Hali ya maambukizi ya UKIMWI nchini kwa sasa ni asilimia 5.7 kwa mujibu wa utafiti wa kitaifa wa mwaka 2008.

"Ni muhimu sana hasa kwa vijana, ambao ni nguvu kazi ya taifa kupunguza na kuacha kabisa tabia ya kuwa na wapenzi wengi na kuhakikisha kuwa mara zote wanatumia mipira ya kondom wakati wa tendo la kujamiiana,” alisema Dk Alex Ngaiza Mtaalamu Mshauri wa program ya UKIMWI ya PSI/Tanzania.

Akionesha msisitizo mkubwa katika tabia ya kuwa na wapenzi wengi na kusisitiza kuwa ni kichocheo kikubwa katika maambukizi ya virusi vya UKIMWI Dk Ngaiza alisema: "Kuna fikra au tuseme tabia ya baadhi ya watu kufikiria kuwa kwa kuwa na wapenzi wengi kunaweza kutatua baadhi ya matatizo yao ya kiuchumi au kijamii lakini ukweli ni kuwa kwa kadri unavyokuwa na wapenzi wengi ndivyo hivyo nafasi yako ya kupata maambukizi inavyokuwa kubwa,” alisisitiza.
Kwa kuzingatia jinsi tatizo hilo lilivyo kubwa hapa nchini ambapo kwa mujibu wa utafiti wa mwaka 2008 kwa wanandoa au wapenzi wanaoishi pamoja, asilimia 25 ya wananchini walikiri kujihusisha na mapenzi ya zaidi ya mpenzi mmoja. Dk Ngaiza akasema kwa kuzingatia hilo PSI/Tanzania inatarajia kuanzisha kampeni maalumu kuelimisha wananchi juu ya madhara ya kujiingiza katika mtandao wa mapenzi.

Katika hafla hiyo fupi, PSI ilitoa jumla ya katoni 45 za Salama kondom kwa washiriki wa Shindano la Bongo Star Search wa mwaka jana ambao walishinda katika zoezi la kuuza bidhaa hizo zaidi ya pakiti 40 ndani ya dakika tano. Washindi waliokabidhiwa zawadi zao ni mshindi wa kwanza wa mashindano hayo kwa mwaka jana, Haji Ramadhani aliyekabidhiwa katoni (20), Waziri Salum (10), Rogers Lucas (10) na Bela Kombo (5).

Kuhusu PSI/Tanzania

PSI/Tanzania ni shirika lisilo la kiserikali linalotoa elimu na huduma za afya katika maeneo ya UKIMWI, Malaria, Magonjwa ya kuharisha na Afya ya Uzazi. Likifanya kazi kwa kushirikiana na sekta binafsi na serikali, PSI/Tanzania inatumia mbinu na njia za masoko. Shirika linatoa bidhaa za kuokoa maisha, huduma za kliniki na elimu ya kubadili tabia ambazo zote zinalenga katika kuwawezesha Watanzania wahitaji kuishi wakiwa na afya nzuri.

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PSI Donates Blood to Dar Bomb Victims

Dar es Salaam, Tuesday March 01, 2011: PSI/Tanzania employees today donated blood to victims of the recent bomb explosions in Dar es Salaam in which over 20 people were killed and hundreds others injured.
Speaking at the blood donation drive held at PSI’s head office in Dar es Salaam, the organization’s Executive Director Daniel Crapper said the donation was a gesture of support by PSI to the ongoing efforts to assist victims and families of those affected by the explosions.

"Staff and management of PSI/Tanzania are delighted to be supporting a drive to donate blood to help those affected by the recent bomb explosions in Dar es Salaam.
We believe that the health and wellness of the community depends not only material support by upon the generosity of those who choose to give the gift of life as well," Daniel said.

Several PSI employees, both males and females, volunteered to donate blood in support of the bomb victims.
Speaking during the occasion a PSI employee and resident of Survey, Mark Kwawe, said the donation presented "an opportunity to show solidarity to fellow Tanzanian citizens affected by the bomb explosions."

"As a community member, I am touched by the loss of lives, pain and suffering of the residents of Gongo la Mboto and neighbouring suburbs that’s why I am donating blood to assist the victims, another PSI employee, Yahya Telela, said

About PSI/Tanzania

PSI/Tanzania is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization with health interventions programs in malaria, child survival, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the market, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower Tanzania’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.

Website: www.psi.or.tz Twitter: twitter.com@PSIHealthyLives

Kino Michano wins Salama Music bonanza

A joint effort by the two Dar es Salaam Regional Managers produced one of the most spectacular salama music competitions to be held by PSI/TZ in years. The great bonanza that was held at the Luxury Pub in Temeke in Dar es Salaam in January pitted 27 music groups from the three Dar districts of Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke. The groups, selected from the budding talents in the city, went through a grueling 5 rounds to provide the eventual winners. Kino Michano, the winning outfit, came from the sprawling Kinondoni district, beating the other finalists who made the last three.
The competition was meant to educate the public, especially the youth in Dar on the dangers posed by HIV/AIDS and the need for prevention against the scourge. The message was pegged on three major issues that included; the need to realize that prevention is the sole responsibility of each person; proper use of condoms as one of the most effective preventive measures and consistent use of condoms with a partner who is not a legally-recognized spouse.
The lyrics of the music by the winners emphasized on the fact that, unlike some misconceptions, Aids is real and failure to take preventive measures will lead to death. It went thus: "Ukimwi/upo/nikweli/upo/ujue/kweli/upo …! Kino Michano was awarded a Television set and a Video deck for their efforts.

The song will be recorded and will be used in the Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) activities in the two regions.
Dr Matias Lyaruu, HIV/AIDS Coordinator for Temeke district was the guest of the honor at the function. He lauded PSI/TZ for organizing such a successful event, noting that PSI/TZ had made its mark in the country by providing products and services that have gone a long way in changing the ‘habits, lives and behaviors’ of many citizens. He pledged support for PSI/TZ in future activities.
Present at the function were, Dr. Alex Ngaiza, Program Manager, HIV/AIDS (who also served in the panel of judges), Gaston Shayo, Corporate Affairs Assistant and the two Dar Regional Managers, Josephine Kayungilizi (Temeke) and Lloyd Bore (Ilala/Kinondoni).

PSI/Tanzania Launch Ongea Zaidi na Salama

Bagamoyo November 12th 2009 … PSI/Tanzania, a not-for profit social marketing organization, today announced the launch of mobile phone based technology to be used for distribution of condoms and other health products it offers to the Tanzanian public. The technology enables retailers stocking PSI condoms across the country to earn free air time into their mobile phones while enabling PSI to maintain track of its product in all outlets down to the ward and district levels.
Speaking during the launch at Bagamoyo, PSI/Tanzania Executive Director, Daniel Crapper, said the campaign which is known as ‘Ongea Zaidi na Salama’ is another innovation from PSI that aims at increasing condom distribution in the country and an automatic product availability survey.
Crapper told journalists and some retailers who attended the event that the new program will enable the organization to instantly understand the coverage of its health products up to the ward level and with such information the organization will be in a good position to strengthen its product distribution.
"With the help of this technology, in a very short period of time, we will be in a very good position to determine how much work we need to do in terms of distribution. We will know which districts and wards we distribute more and which areas we distribute less and from there work on that,” he said. The Executive Director said the technology will significantly improve PSI/Tanzania service delivery to retailers as well as to the Tanzania community.
"The Ongea Zaidi na Salama’ will as well help us in our surveys and communication with retailers across the country.
On his part, PSI HIV/Aids Program Director, John Wanyancha, said to begin with, the ‘Ongea Zaidi na Salama’ program will start in two districts of Bagamoyo and Mpwapwa as pilot project thereafter across the country depending on the outcomes from the two districts.
Wanyancha said to enroll into the program retailers will be required to purchase dispensers of Salama condoms or Familia condom from any distributer and inside the dispenser there will be a card – Ongea Zaidi na Salama with instructions of how to enroll.
"To enroll retailers will be required to send a free SMS starting with a word enroll*ward*district*type of business and send to number 15077. The sender will receive a short message informing him/her that has been successfully registered and will again be required to send the hidden number form the card to the same number,"he said. Wanyancha said during the first registration retailers will be awarded air time worth Tsh 400/- and for each card from each dispenser the retailer will be award Tsh 100/-
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