Tarime DC warns against exploitation of HIV/Aids victims

19Aug 2018
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
Guardian On Sunday
Tarime DC warns against exploitation of HIV/Aids victims

TARIME District Commissioner Glorious Luoga has issued a stern warning to non-governmental organizations and individuals who initiated projects for selfish gain at the expense of HIV/AIDS victims.

TARIME District Commissioner Glorious Luoga.

Luoga said henceforth district authorities will conduct investigations to ensure all registered NGOs dealing with the pandemic stick to the objectives of their establishment, failure to which the government would terminate their activities.

 

The DC was officiating at the unveiling of Saidia Elimu na VVU self-help group at Nyamongo township over the weekend, adding that some untrustworthy individuals formulated projects by which they demanded funds from local and international donors, only to channel the funds to individual purposes.

 

He said the district’s major concern was to enable HIV/AIDS victims to set up projects and supervise them on their own, without outside pressure or intimidation even if utilizing donor resources.

 

He urged residents to go for voluntary and regular check-ups and so that if they are found HIV-positive they should commence using anti-retrovirals (ARVs).

 

According to Massanda O'mtima, project coordinator of the group, the major aim behind formation of the group was to sensitize locals to conduct regular voluntary health check-ups as well as empower HIV/AIDS sufferers to initiate income-generating projects so as to sustain themselves.

 

He said the group started earlier with only eight members in 2014 and currently the number had reached 63, adding that efforts were being made to seek funds for construction of a modern HIV/AIDS testing and counselling centre.

 

For her part, local Special Seats councillor Philemona Tontora urged residents from the mining town to observe behaviour change in their sexual relationships.

 

She urged traditional elders here to help the campaign to tackle the spread of the pandemic because often in the Kurya community they were highly respected and their statements adhered to.

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