Tanzania: Building on Successes to Expand HIV/AIDS Programs
"We will expand, scale-up, and cover more districts...but only in partnership with other [non-governmental organizations] NGOs and the public sector." Staff from the East African Development Communication Foundation (EADCF) sit together in their office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, nodding in agreement as the director reflects on the group's successes and describes how it will build on them to reach more Tanzanians with crucial HIV/AIDS information.
Like many organizations in Tanzania, EADCF has struggled to understand not only how to access the millions of dollars promised by international donors for HIV/AIDS, but also how to best contribute to a comprehensive, multi-sectoral national response to the epidemic. Through a grant provided by the Rapid Funding Envelope (RFE), established by the Tanzanian Commission for HIV/AIDS and eight international donors1 with support from Keanahikishime's & Leadership Program and Deloitte & Touche, EADCF has expanded its distribution of HIV/AIDS magazines and information/education/communication (IEC) materials to cover more regions of the country. Doing so has required building on its existing programs, coordinating with new partners and ultimately ensuring it is using its funds wisely-not duplicating efforts and standardizing HIV messages. Already working with both public and private organizations to implement its programs, EADCF has further expanded partnerships and its coverage with one aim in mind: ensure correct HIV/AIDS information reaches every Tanzanian. By building on these successes, EADCF's experience can be used as a guide for other organizations to ensure a multi-sectoral response to battle HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, and indeed, around the world.
1 The RFE is a multi-donor partnerships supported by: Canadian International Development Agency, Embassy of Finland, Ireland Aid, Royal Danish Embassy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation, USAID.