On the 19th of June, the “Furaha Yangu” Test and Treat Campaign was launched by the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa (MP) at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma. The event was attended by the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDCGEC) Ummy Ally Mwalimu (MP), the Minister of State, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), Selemani Jafo (MP) the Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenista Mhagama (MP), the Deputy Minister MoHCDCGEC Faustine Dr. Faustine Engelbert Ndugulile and the USAID Mission Director, Andy Karas.
Other officials attending the launch included Regional Commissioners, the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Executive Director, Dr. Leonard Maboko, the Director of Preventive Services, Dr. Leonard Subi, National AIDS Control Programme Manager, Dr. Angela Ramadhani, Chief of Parties for the USAID Tulonge Afya, USAID Boresha Afya, and Sauti Projects, Country and Managing Directors of CSOs including the National Council of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania (NACOPHA), dignitaries and other officials.
The Prime Minister and other keynote speakers emphasized the need for Tanzanians to know their HIV status, men in particular, in order to meet the 90-90-90 goals. That is 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. The Prime Minister also called for members of parliament to lead by example and test for HIV.
HIV testing services were made available to the public after the launch including edutainment activities which had popular music artists performing. .