Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Youth Living with HIV in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study
The Pathfinding Fund is supporting several studies on innovative Pathfinder approaches in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. In October 2011, Pathfinder published a working paper entitled “Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Youth Living with HIV in Tanzania: A qualitative study exploring the experiences and perceptions of young home based care clients, their caregivers, and care providers.” The report highlighted the difficulty that adolescent HBC clients have in discussing sex, their need for accurate information about sexuality, and the importance of tailoring services adolescents with HIV based on their age and experience. It was presented in Tanzania in November and two manuscripts are being developed based on the study.
With increased access to HIV treatment throughout Africa, a generation of HIV positive children is now transitioning to adulthood while living with a chronic condition requiring lifelong medication, which can amplify the anxieties of adolescence.
This project uses Citizen Report Cards to convince government officials to allocate funding for contraception during stock outs. Two local NGOs are being training to use this tool for government accountability of a lack of supplies.
This project sought to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Institutional capacity building was a key component of the project.
This project provides technical assistance and support to local organizations in Uganda and Tanzania, with the goal of improving each grantees organizational capacity to affect health and community systems strengthening.
Pathfinder's Bangladesh Country Representative Halida Akhter writes about the harmful effects of child marriage and early childbirth and efforts to change these norms to promote a brighter and healthier future for girls everywhere.
Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.