A PEER education project, dubbed Health Care Improvement Project, currently being implemented in Morogoro Urban and Rural districts in the region, has distributed a total of 55 bicycles valued at 20m/- to peer educators.
The project, which is being supervised by the University Research Company (URC) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), distributed the bicycles as working tools to help the educators reach people living with HIV/Aids and serve them.
Speaking at the handover, URC director Dr Davis Rumisha said the support was in response to requests by peer educators, who have been walking long distances in efforts to offer their services.
“We received requests from peer educators who wanted us to provide them with means of transport to help them travel quicker, and we worked on it whereby the donors helped us," said Dr Rumisha.
For his part, Morogoro Regional Medical Officer Dr Godfrey Mrema said there were huge successes in the performance of the peer educators working in the two districts.
He said because of their good performance there were more people now on ARVs because of the education provided to people living with HIV/Aids.
He said enabling peer educators to have means of transport would help them improve their services.
He called on the people to look for peer educators, speak with them and seek their advice on various matters, especially those related to HIV/Aids.
For their part, the peer educators, through their speech read on their behalf by Juma Kabombe, thanked the donors and the researchers for supporting them with means of transport.
They said, however, that there were still some other challenges that they
faced in the performance of their duties, including lack of machines to screen people's blood, especially in remote areas, so as to help people understand their health status.
Handing over the bicycles, deputy Morogoro municipal mayor Lidya Mbiaji commended the peer educators for their great service, as well people who have started taking ARVs after having learnt about their health conditions.