HIV/AIDS as a cross cutting issue in the Tanzanian Water Sector

Program Manager Andreas Kanzler giving a speech at the Ministry of Water

HIV/AIDS prevalence in Tanzania:

With around 5,1 % (UN AIDS 2012), HIV/AIDS prevalence in Tanzania is still very high. In general, more women are affected and the prevalence is higher in urban areas.

What does GIZ Tanzania do?

GIZ’s mainstreaming comprises two pillars: internal and external mainstreaming. Internal is intended for GIZ staff, with an HIV workplace program involving HIV prevention measures, care and treatment for any affected employees and members of their immediate families.
External mainstreaming is intended to incorporate measures within GIZ’s own projects and programs to address the impacts of the epidemic.
Having knowledge of HIV risks and ways of protection and access to means of protection and medical care caters to all national and international staff and provides the basis for creating a working environment free of HIV – related stigma and discrimination.
As a cross cutting issue, GIZ HIV mainstreaming is observed as an organizational development tool, in which the organization can equip its’ staff with effective and sustainable solutions against HIV/AIDS.

Recent activities:

• Internal mainstreaming:
 - Completion of the HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy (WPP)
 - “Drivers of the HIV Epidemic & Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” as topic of  annual workshop on HIV/AIDS in 2014

• External mainstreaming:  
 - Support of HIV/AIDS Day in the Ministry of Water in December 2014

We are looking forward to activities in 2015, to get more involved and set up effective and sustainable solutions against HIV/AIDS together with GIZ staff and our partners.