On a recent trip to Tanzania, we visited Kimara Peers - an Egmont Partner for six years – located in the sprawling suburbs of Dar es Salaam. Phiraeli Kiwia, who founded the organization, took us to meet Martha, who had lost most of her family to AIDS and was caring for her nine grandchildren.
Tanzania has been less affected by HIV & AIDS than its sub-Saharan neighbours. A national prevalence rate of 5.1%, or 1.5 million people infected, means that AIDS is not an everyday part of life for many Tanzanians. As a result however, awareness of the disease is low, and fear, stigmatisation and violence against those infected is more prevalent than in countries where there has been more investment in HIV & AIDS education.