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HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment Open House Draws Thousands to Tanzania's Southern Highlands

February 20, 2013
Two thousand people, military and civilian, gathered at an open house in Tanzania to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services offered in their area.

Nearly half of participants receive HIV testing and counseling at the event

A team of officers from more than 50 Tanzania People's Defense Forces (TPDF) program sites convened in Mbeya, Tanzania in February to participate in a quarterly workshop and open house event that brings 2,000 people, military and civilian, together to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services offered in their area.  

The open-house day started with a lively parade that culminated in several drama and music performances with relevant HIV/AIDS messages. Throughout the event 800 community members received HIV testing and counseling and educational materials. 

The TPDF's workshop, which coincided with the open house, is a forum for participants from different TPDF facilities across Tanzania to meet and share experiences and plan activities for the upcoming quarter. Participants, along with implementing partners, worked to identify innovative ways to improve service delivery including enrollment and retention in care and treatment programs.