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Maternal Health and HIV/AIDS Services

Maternal Health and HIV/AIDS Services

Maternal Health and HIV/AIDS services :

The main objective of the program is to empower Maasai women, youths and the community at large to gain knowledge and create awareness on maternal health and HIV and AIDs prevention and care. Healthcare is similarly poor within Maasai communities. It is estimated that presently 1.8 million Tanzanians aged 15 and above are infected with HIV/AIDS, representing 11% of the adult population.

Maasai women and girls are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infections due to lack of information, knowledge including women disempowerment. MWEDO has therefore worked in this area to raise awareness through information dissemination and empowered women in the fight against HIV and AIDS infections.

MWEDO has a good experience within pastoralist Maasai communities. It has successfully been implementing HIV/AIDS Awareness, Prevention, Care and Nutrition activities since 2003, MWEDO works with a team of community volunteers who complement our efforts in different communities. The volunteers are Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) who support and take care of young women during and after birth and refer women to clinics and hospitals. Peer health Educators are another group of volunteers working with MWEDO to train other community members including youth and adolescent. MWEDO also collaborates with district authorities, traditional authorities; ward HIV/AIDS committees, local authorities, women and youth groups at district and national levels.

MWEDO Health Centre:

In 2010, MWEDO also established a new Health Facility in Kiteto area. This was due to high demands for health services. The district had only one hospital and a few dispensaries. The Maasai communities who live in villages far from the one hospital were continuing to face different health problems ranging from different sort of infections to malaria and TB diseases. From our facility the doctors and nurses also reach to communities still away from this services including provision of Voluntary counseling services (VCT) and home care to patients in hard to reach communities.

Women and young children waiting for treatment at the MWEDO Kipok health dispensary.