World AIDS Day Commemoration Week

THPS participated in the 2017 national World AIDS Day events which were organized and coordinated by Tanzania AIDS Commission (TACAIDS). Events included the following:

  • AIDS Trust Fund (ATF) walk and marathon in which THPS staff donated TZS 1,040,000/= to sponsor their Executive Director Dr Redempta Mbatia take part in the 5km walk in support of the Funds and to show solidarity to the clients they are supporting across 126 health facilities in Pwani, Kigoma and Zanzibar. The theme of the marathon was we can end HIV today by donating to the ATF
  • World AIDS Day symposium
  • Provision of health services at the Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

THPS organized a week long ‘Meet the Experts’ sessions at their booth in Mnazi Mmoja ground. The experts included THPS medical doctors/public health specialist, social scientists, health providers from THPS supported facilities, nutritionist and peer educators who are people living with HIV. Health education on the HIV cascade from testing to treatment adherence, psychosocial support, retention and viral suppression were offered. Government efforts to realize the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets were explained to lay visitors. A free health screen was with random blood glucose testing, Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements and dietary/nutrition counselling offered to interested individuals visiting the THPS booth.

More than 722 people received these free services (M: 71%, F: 29%):

  • BMI: 36. % (N=195) of attended clients were overweight; with 20% (N=118) having obesity.
  • Random blood glucose check-up: 2.6% (N=15) of clients had RBG levels indicating  diabetics, these were referred to Amana and Mnazi Mmoja hospitals for further management
  • Nine  (1.55%) clients were found to have pre-diabetes status.

 

BMI by Gender

 

 

Random Blood Glucose

 

RBG by GENDER