In 2009, T-MARC partnered with Population Services International to support a five-year, USAID-supported HIV Prevention project targeting most-at-risk populations. The Husika (Get Involved) was designed to reduce the HIV incidence in Tanzania among mostat-risk populations and their sexual partners by strengthening protective behaviours of most-at-risk populations (MARPS) and their sexual partners and by strengthening the environment at national, regional, and district levels to improve MARP access to high quality medical and nonmedical support and services.
Under this partnership, T-MARC reactivated, strengthened, and scaled up several of the innovative pilot initiatives developed under the T-MARC project, such as the hair salon initiative (Jipende! Centres for Women’s Health) and sex worker outreach (Jipende Grants Program). The primary target audience included sex workers, clients of sex workers (SW), women engaged in transactional sex (WETs) and their clients. The secondary target audience were substance abusers and vulnerable children of MARPS.