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The U.S. and Tanzanian People's Defence Forces Formalize Arrangement to Conduct HIV Care and Treatment Activities in Tanzania

May 27, 2011
The U.S. Army and the Tanzania People's Defence Forces signed an arrangement to formalize their military-to-military collaboration in HIV care and treatment activities among the armed services in Tanzania.

In a ceremony held at the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) headquarters in Dar es Salaam, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the TPDF signed an arrangement to formalize their military-to-military collaboration in HIV care and treatment activities among the armed services in Tanzania.

While the US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) has been supporting local organizations in providing HIV prevention, care and treatment in Tanzania since 2004, the signing of this arrangement establishes a formal relationship between the two government's militaries. This document is a result of intensive consultations between military, public health and development officials of Tanzania and the U.S.

"This has been five years in the making and is a testament to the commitment and strong partnership of both our governments to defeat this disease," said Edward Sekonde, MHRP's Tanzania Country Director.

The new agreement outlines how the TPDF and the U.S. Army will collaborate to reduce new HIV infections while maintaining ongoing activities aimed at improving the quality of treatment and care, and mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS in military and civilian populations.

The Ambassador of the United States of America to Tanzania, Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt signed the arrangement on behalf of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Signing for TPDF was Brigadier General Greyson Elihaki Idinga, Acting Chief of Medical Services, TPDF.

"The security of our nations depends in part on the ability of our military forces to protect citizens from harm,” remarked Ambassador Lenhardt. “This joint US-Tanzanian program aims to prevent HIV and mitigate the effects this devastating disease has on Tanzanian Forces.”

MHRP, centered at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, supports both civilian and military counterpart organizations in Tanzania to fight HIV. MHRP supports PEPFAR-funded activities for the community mainly in the Southern Highlands Zone of Tanzania. MHRP also works directly with the TPDF to help ensure that all men and women who serve in the Tanzanian armed forces remain HIV-negative throughout their military career. This comprehensive program serves 35,000 servicemen and women, as well as their dependents and civilians living near military post/barracks.