HIV training for people with disabilities

The challenge

People in Tanzania who are infected with HIV often experience marginalization and are pushed to the edge of society. Parts of the rural population are not informed about the situations in which there is a risk of infection. Education in the area of contraception is therefore also of enormous importance as a preventive measure, so that the risk of infection can be minimized through the safe use of condoms and right medication.

Our goal

Access to knowledge about HIV/AIDS for people with disabilities

HIV/AIDS education must be accessible to all - including people with disabilities, who often have not had access to education or training elsewhere. This should enable them to protect themselves better and empower them to take action against their marginalization themselves.

Detection of previously unkown HIV infections

Knowledge of a possible HIV infection is crucial for the treatment of patients. It is also of high importance for preventing further infections.

How do we reach that?

HIV training for people with disabilities

The HIV training was conducted by doctors Martine Mwampamba and Fidelis Chiza, as well as employees of a project for people with disabilities. The seminars were supported with material from "Gib AIDS keine Chance".

Conducting rapid HIV tests

After the training, there was the possibility to have a rapid test carried out, financed by Kivuko e.V.. In case of a positive result, the doctor Fidelis immediately sought the conversation and further steps could be worked out.

Condoms for free 

The manufacturer Ritex provided a large quantity of condoms. On the one hand, these were explained during the training. On the other hand, everyone could take condoms with them. The testing of the condoms and the experience in using them should motivate to use them in the long term when needed. The condoms are available at stores.

And how does this look like?

Overall, the measure can be considered a great success. Around 500 people in seven villages were reached. 392 of them were tested. Without exception, there was positive feedback on the concept. In particular, participants took the opportunity to ask questions. Some explained that they often did not receive any information regarding contraception because of their disability, as there is a widespread belief in the region that people with disabilities have no right to a relationship.