National UNVs getting ready to enhance awareness and peer education on HIV and AIDS in communities across Tanzania
The Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) and Zanzibar AIDS Commission (ZAC) have a new team of National United Nations Volunteers (NUNVs) who will be posted to serve in selected municipalities and districts across Tanzania to assist Local Councils in their efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and to strengthen community services.
In collaboration with UNDP, the 33 national volunteers will be undergoing an intensive induction workshop to familiarize themselves on their specific role to support improved health delivery systems particularly to the most vulnerable groups. The main goal of the 10 day induction workshop is to ensure a common understanding among the UN Volunteers in order for them to help to address HIV/AIDS in key populations through appropriate community interventions.
‘’The programme is good for the Municipals and District councils because currently the major challenge in their efforts to combat HIV/AIDS is human resources. Therefore the UNVs will help to increase human resource and technical expertise in these local Councils''.explained Dr Subilaga Kaganda,National Programme Coordinator,TACAIDs
The National UN Volunteers will support and serve under Council HIV/AIDS Coordinators (CHACs) and the Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders against AIDS in Africa (AMICAALL) to facilitate and enhance community engagement required for containing HIV/AIDS at the local level.
‘’I am sure our presence at the grassroot will help to address HIV/AIDs because we will create a linkage between communities and other stakeholders through community interventions’’.said Ms Agatha Segelile, one of the new UNVs.
Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits societies at large by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.
UNV is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism world wide. It was established by the UN General Assembly in 1971 and is administered by UNDP.
UNDP Tanzania in its support to the UN Development Assistance Programme (UNDAP) and the national response against HIV/AIDS is collaborating with TACAIDS and ZAC to strengthen district and community based interventions. The UNDAP outlines the UN’s support to enhance national ownership and implementation of national poverty reduction strategies.
The national UN volunteers will be contributing to the UNs response to support the fight against HIV and AIDS. April 5th, 2013 marks the beginning of the last 1,000 days till the deadline for the achievement of the MDGs for which HIV and AIDS is a critical issue particularly for Sub-Saharan Africa