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The inauguration ceremony for the new Tanzania Commission for HIV/AIDS Building in Dar es Salaam was held on 17 February 2016.

23.02.2016  12:13
The inauguration ceremony for the new Tanzania Commission for HIV/AIDS (TACAIDS) Building in Dar es Salaam was held on 17 February 2016.

The new TACAIDS building is located at the junction of Luthuli and Sokoine roads in Dar Es Salaam. The ceremony was attended by different stakeholders from Government Departments, Development Partners, TACAIDS staff, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) including NACOPHA which is an association for people living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. 


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The new TACAIDS building

The ceremony was officiated by Honourable Jenister Mhagama, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister´s office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and Disabled.

The Minister thanked the Embassy of Denmark for supporting the Government’s efforts in the fight against HIV /AIDS. She continued with thanking other stakeholders who contributed to the construction process, and collaborate in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The construction of the TACAIDS building took four years, and ran from 2010 to March 2013. The total costs for the building was about TZS 6 billion.

In his speech, the Danish Ambassador, Einar H. Jensen, expressed his appreciation to see that TACAIDS is now housed in a permanent office. Initially TACAIDS was thought not to require a permanent office because HIV/AIDS was considered as an epidemic that would come and go in a short period of time. Unfortunately, despite the efforts that have been put together to fight this disease, today more than thirty years later HIV/AIDS is still claiming many lives.

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Danish Ambassador, Einar H. Jensen speaking on behalf of Danida.

TACAIDS received DKK 220 million (Equivalent to USD 38 Million) from Danida through the Health Sector Programme Support phase IV (HSPS IV) which ran from 2009 to 2014. The support was intended to support the Government of Tanzania efforts to fight against HIV/ AIDS through a multi-sectoral response to the epidemic. This support was provided in the form of a grant as unearmarked support to the implementation of the National Multi-sectoral response to HIV AIDS (NMSF). Other funds were provided for institutional capacity building for TACAIDS, and support for infrastructure development in the form of a new office for TACAIDS.

The Ambassador applauded the Government of Tanzania for the achievements that have been made in collaboration with other stakeholders towards the reduction of HIV/ AIDS. According to the Annual Health Sector Performance Profile of 2015, there was a notable decrease of HIV/AIDS prevalence rate from 7% in 2003 to 5.3 % in 2011/12. These uplifting figures as well as the new TACAIDS building are expected to make strides in reaching the overall goal of reaching zero HIV/AIDS related deaths, zero stigma and zero new HIV /AIDS cases.

Besides the speeches, guests were entertained by a drama piece by a local acting group. The piece was about stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS with a focus on the belief that HIV/AIDS are caused by witchcraft. The underlying message of the play was the need for more advocacy on behavioural changes and voluntary testing in the communities.

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Danish Ambassador, Einar H. Jensen accepting a certificate of Excellency on behalf of the Danish embassy in Tazania

The Embassy of Denmark was awarded a certificate of Excellency for recognition of the support and commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.