Women’s Empowerment: It Takes a Business!
Tanzanian teen-turned-tailor Adelina Mwaka is getting a handle on her own health and extending her hand to empower other young women in her community with the support of a suite of preventive services - from HIV diagnosis, care and treatment, to family planning education and services.
Worldwide, only three in 10 adolescent girls and young women have comprehensive and accurate information about HIV. Meanwhile, an estimated 2.3 million adolescent girls and young women live with the virus that causes AIDS, accounting for 60 percent of all young people (ages 15‒24) living with HIV.
In sub-Saharan Africa, girls account for 75 percent of new infections among adolescents. More than a 1,000 girls or young women are newly infected with HIV each day.
To fight this trend, Jhpiego is working in Tanzania and in 16 other countries with local and global partners to prevent HIV and maintain the gains that have been made to realize an AIDS-free generation.
In Tanzania, the Jhpiego-led Sauti Project is committed to providing comprehensive HIV-prevention services with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and economic empowerment. Our partners include the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; the National AIDS Control Program; the Tanzania Commission for AIDS; EngenderHealth; Pact, which pioneered the Worth+ model; the National Institute for Medical Research-Mwanza and a variety of local partners.