T-MARC Tanzania Social Enterprise Products Impacting Women and Children Lives through (ZMBF).

T-MARC Tanzania is dedicated to improving public health and the well-being of all Tanzanians. This is accomplished by forming and maintaining strong partnerships with the community as well as other civil society organizations to ensure that all Tanzanians have access to affordable and high-quality services and products..

To achieve this goal, T-MARC Tanzania in supporting Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) efforts, distributed its social enterprise products during the foundation launching event on 19th February, and as T-MARC Tanzania, its thrilled to see how the social enterprise products can impact many more lives in Zanzibar.

 

Member of the Board of the Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) Dr. Mwatima Abdalla Juma talking to students of Ben Bella Girls School on behalf of the Chairperson of the Institute who is also the wife of the President of Zanzibar Mama Maryam Mwinyi when they arrived at the school to provide Flowless sanitary pads to the school girls.

 

 

Member of the Board of Institutions of Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) Dr. Mwatima Abdalla Juma, presenting on behalf of the wife of the President of Zanzibar who is also the chairperson of ZMBF mama Maryam Mwinyi a box of Flowless sanitary pads to the president of students government BenBella Girls School Anna Adam Noah, when she arrived for her visit at the school.

 

 

Member of the Board of Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) Dr. Mwtima Abdalla Juma, presenting on behalf of the ZMBF chairperson mama Maryam Mwinyi Smiley baby diapers, to Director General of Mnazimmoja Hospital Dr. Marijan Msafiri for children born in the hospital as their support and contribution to the community.

The Director General of Mnazimjoja Hospital Marjani Msafiri giving a word of thanks to the Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation soon after receiving Smiley baby diapers for the babies born at the hospital.

Member of the Board of Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) Dr. Mwtima Abdalla Juma, presenting on behalf of the ZMBF chairperson who is also the wife of the President of Zanzibar, mama Maryam Mwinyi a box of Flowless sanitary pads to the head of female students SP Tunda Omari Kingalu for Prisons Training College female students.

Director of the Zanzibar Widows' Institute Tabia Makame, speaking briefly at the handover ceremony of Flowless sanitary pads that are distributed by T-MARC Tanzania from ZMBF for female psychiatric patients at the Kidongo Chekundu Psychiatric Hospital in Zanzibar.

Board member of Zanzibar Maisha Bora Foundation (ZMBF) Dr. Mwtima Abdalla Juma, presenting Flowless sanitary pads box to Hashim Abdalla, who is a patient undergoing psychiatric treatment at the Kidongo Chekundu Psychiatric Hospital, on behalf of the ZMBF chairperson who is also the wife of the President of Zanzibar mama Maryam Mwinyi.

T-MARC Tanzania joins the world in commemorating World Aids Day

T-MARC Tanzania, a key partner of the government in addressing critical gaps in HIV/AIDS response, has proved their worth in the fight against the pandemic during a one-week exhibition that started on the 24 th November here in Ruandansolwe Stadium, Mbeya and ends today when the world commemorates World Aids Day.

T-MARC Tanzania is one of the key partners of the Tanzanian government and international donors and implementing partners, working closely to achieve Tanzania’s vision of “End inequalities. End AIDS. End epidemics”.

T-MARC is a locally managed, non-governmental organization with strong local and international partnerships based on programs that ensure accessible, affordable, and quality health related services and products among communities. The organization operates on both the Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. T-MARC is mandated to make sustainable health and social impact on the lives of Tanzanians through the application of core competencies in social marketing, communication, project management and partnership. Envisioned to be the Centre of Excellence for sustainable health development with capacity to overcome obstacles for the wellbeing of communities in Tanzania, T-MARC provides quality services and health products for disease prevention, through innovative interventions and partnership to address key social and economic challenges – thereby contributing to the wellbeing of targeted communities in Tanzania.

T-MARC in its social responsibility spanning almost to two decades, has evolved into one of Tanzania’s largest and fully independent NGO.

T-MARC deploys bold and innovative approaches to expanding access to health products as well as informing and changing health behaviours. T-MARC successfully expanded its health portfolio to work on a wide range of health issues, including HIV/AIDS, TB, reproductive health, family planning, nutrition, Malaria, and water and sanitation. T-MARC’s core focus is social marketing, social and behavior change communication, while expanding beyond HIV/AIDS and reproductive health to address new health and development priorities, including child survival, malaria, nutrition, and water and sanitation, and girl’s empowerment.

During the one-week exhibition, T-MARC was able to afford the people of Mbeya and Tanzania in general to access their quality but affordable products an act that has been received by Tanzanian with gratitude since funds accrued from the sales is rolled back towards communal projects.

In their kiosk, T-MARC has been providing Dume condom and sanitary pads besides training all stakeholders on how to use and store the products till in gets to the consumer.

T-MARC understands the Government of Tanzania’s HIV/AIDS priorities as well as the key challenges to be addressed among its target audiences. For Tanzania’s generalized HIV epidemic, the primary mode of transmission is through heterosexual activity, which accounts for 80% of all HIV infections. T-MARC works on a wide range of HIV/AIDS activities, ranging from male and female condom promotion, targeted social and behavior change (SBC) activities for most-at-risk populations, training of peer educators on condom negotiation and correct condom use, and promotion of HIV testing and treatment services.

T-MARC’s Condom Social Marketing Program Over the past 14 years T-MARC has been promoting access to, correct and consistent use of quality and affordably priced condoms through Dume male. T-MARC’s Dume male condom initiative comprising three variants, Dume Classic condoms, Dume Desire condoms and Dume Extreme condoms, target people from different age and socio-economic groups with special focus on youth and most at risk population.

T-MARC has sold and distributed about 60 million male condoms during the past five years.

Tanzania commemorates World AIDS Day with significant reduction in HIV/AIDS prevalence and fatality

Tanzania’s fourth Health Sector HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan, which runs between 2017 and 2022, aims to increase access to integrated prevention services for the general population to reduce new HIV infections. Significant progress has been made in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission in the past few years in Tanzania. The Tanzanian government also recognizes condom promotion as an integral part of its fight against the epidemic. Additionally, while Tanzania has a broad sex education curriculum, low access to adolescent-friendly services, gender inequality, HIV-related stigma, and the criminalization of certain groups, such as men who have sex with men, continue to act as major barriers to HIV prevention in Tanzania.

Former President of Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Kikwete Visits T-MARC Pavilion during the state- of -the- art Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC) from 17th to 19th November 2021 in Dar es Salaam. Left is Lilian Erasmus , The Tmarc Institutional Sales Executive.

T-MARC is a key partner of the Tanzanian government, working closely to achieve Tanzania’s vision of “End inequalities. End AIDS. End epidemics”. As a locally managed, non-governmental organization, T-MARC is mandated to make sustainable health and social impact on the lives of Tanzanians through the application of core competencies in social marketing, communication, project management and partnership. T-MARC provides quality services and health products for disease prevention, through innovative interventions and partnership to address key social and economic challenges - thereby contribute to the wellbeing of targeted communities in Tanzania.

T-MARC works on a wide range of HIV/AIDS activities. T-MARC has been promoting access to, correct and consistent use of quality and affordably priced condoms through Dume male condoms. T-MARC’s Dume male condom initiative comprising three variants, Dume Classic condoms, Dume Desire condoms and Dume Extreme condoms, target people from different age and socio-economic groups with special focus on youth and most at risk population. T-MARC has sold and distributed about 60 million male condoms during the past five years. In 2021, the Measuring Access and Performance (MAP) Survey, conducted to assess access and availability of priority health products, indicated that while overall condoms were stocked in less than 50 percent of the retail and wholesale outlets, Dume Classic led the condom market with 38 percent availability in the outlets. Dume condoms had the second highest market share of 32 percent. T-MARC distributes its condoms and other products to almost the entirety of mainland regions through 66 regional distributors spread across 20 regions which serve nearby regions as well with a focus on four high volume regions of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, and Mbeya. T-MARC has also continued to increase access to condoms and other priority health products through onboarding of Accredited Drug Dispensing Outlets (ADDOs) in the Lake zone as distributors. Recruitment of these ADDOs further increases access to products in remote areas. T-MARC uses social media, radio and TV promoting Dume range of condoms.

Early Sexual Debut is a major cause of HIV spread. T-MARC’s Families Matter Program focused on reducing risky sexual behaviour among adolescents including delayed sexual debut, consequently reducing HIV infection rates and early pregnancy among school children. The project improved parenting skills and family communication about risk reduction and other sex-related topics before adolescents begin sexual activity. T-MARC also implemented an innovative initiative Girls Empowerment – Hakuna Wasichoweza, to strengthen school attendance and educational performance of young girls in the Mtwara and Lindi regions where school dropout and truancy rates are high. The project provided low-cost sanitary pads to 10,000 young girls in and out of school to help them manage menstruation and improve their school attendance and performance. It also helped to increase the HIV prevention knowledge levels of adolescent girls to delay the onset of sexual debut and to reduce high risk sexual behaviours to reduce teenage pregnancies, school dropouts and sexually transmitted diseases including HIV.

Mothers with their children during mother meet up event in Sengerema DC. The event is aiming on empowering parents and caregivers with the information, motivation, skills and support (peer & community) that they need to adopt and maintain priority health behaviours that will protect the health and overall wellbeing of their child/children from birth through to 5 years, focusing on the first 1,000 days.

Similarly, high multiple partner sex and non-use of condoms despite risks in stable and casual heterosexual relationships is yet another major source of spread of the virus. T-MARC through Universal HIV and AIDS Intervention for Counselling and Testing project, to complemented on-going Voluntary Counselling and Testing activities in Tanzania by conducting targeted outreach among the most at-risk populations (MARPS) and the underserved communities. T-MARC developed and managed outreach activities, interpersonal communications, printed educational materials, and the training of civil society organizations to demonstrate correct use of male and female condoms, handle stigma and discrimination, work with government counselling and testing centres and other topics that facilitate the delivery of these important services. Additionally, T-MARC implemented HUSIKA Project to reduce HIV incidence in Tanzania among MARPS and their sexual partners by strengthening enabling environment at national, regional, and district levels and improving access to high quality medical and nonmedical support services. Lastly, under Tulonge Afya project, T-MARC focuses its efforts on behaviour change at the district and community level. The project catalyses Tanzanians to improve their health status by transforming socio-cultural norms and supporting the adoption of healthier behaviours. The project has implemented targeted mass media, strategic social media, community radio programs, theatre, and small group dialogue sessions with PLHIV. The project has managed to reach a total of 1,609,460 in this intervention.

T-MARC adopts integrated approach by addressing HIV/AIDS with other critical health issues like Tuberculosis and Family Planning. T-MARC’s SBC activities include national and regional radio programming, linked to community-level activities (small group dialog, community radio, and community theatre) to drive the uptake of HIV testing, as well as engagement in prevention of mother to child transmission services, among pregnant women, as well as promoting antenatal care attendance, facility-based delivery, and postnatal care, which can support reduced mother-to-child transmission as well as early infant diagnosis. Additionally, T-MARC also promote completion of childhood immunization schedules and TB testing targeting higher risk groups and regions throughstrategic use of national and regional radio linked to community-level activities.

T-MARC collaborates with National Commission for People Living with HIV/AIDS (NACOPHA) to increase the uptake of care and treatmentservices among PLHIV, their partners, and biological children to bridge 95-95-95 testing and treatmentgaps across PEPFAR-supported high volume sites. The project engaged and trained 148 NACOPHA’streatment advocates to facilitate small group sessions and targeted community mobilization on the importance of index testing, partner disclosure among PLHIV, as well as tracing and linking LTFU clients back to services. This was done across 23 PEPFAR high volume facilities in the regions of Iringa, Njombe and Tabora reaching 42,937 PLHIV with multiple SBC sessions and ensuring 2,545 lost follow-up clients returning to care and treatment services.

Ibrahim Mgunda Community volunteer from Upuge ward (Uyui DC) facilitating male centered design activity (Kijiwe cha Kahawa small group session) with men who have partners who are pregnant or those with children under five at Upuge Centre.

Under USAID Tulonge Afya project, T-MARC engages the faith-based leaders as key Furaha Yangu advocates to drive the adoption of priority preventative, HTS, and care and treatment behaviors among hard-to-reach at-risk groups, including men.

Only 52% of Tanzanians who are HIV-positive know their status. While there is need to heighten risk perception and perceived benefits of knowing HIV status, it is critical to promote condom use until the status is known, and simultaneously explore the potential of promoting HIV self-test kits for private and confidential use. In 2022 T-MARC will launch an oral based self-HIV testing kit in drive to support the Government efforts to achieve global HIV Prevention targets. Basically the 95-95-95.

CSO Week 2022

Driven by the objective of establishing as a potential player with commitment and dedication towards improving the wellbeing of Tanzanians, T-MARC, participated in this year’s edition of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) which staged in Dodoma from October 23 rd to 28 th October T-MARC participated in both exhibition and workshop. In the exhibition,T-MARC showcased its range of products – HIV and Family Planning products such as Dume Classic, Extreme and Desire condoms, FlexiP oral contraceptive pills and Revoke 1.5 emergency contraceptive pills to newly introduced health and hygiene products including Flowless sanitary pads, Flowless pantyliners, Smiley baby diapers and Harmony adult diapers. In the workshop, T-MARC networked with other CSOs and discussed areas of cooperation, challenges, and ways to navigate them.


T-MARC Tanzania Zonal Manager, Mwile Mwasenga said his firm participated in the CSOs Week with objectives of influencing dialogues and connecting with the larger Tanzania society through interaction and partnership with Government and other CSOs to foster development agenda. He stressed that the said objectives were largely achieved during that one-week period.

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The CSO Week is an annual event which is co-hosted by a consortium of Tanzania-based local and international Tanzanian civil society organizations. This year’s edition was officially opened by the Speaker of Tanzania National Assembly, Job Ndugai at the Jakaya Kikwete Convention Centre. Nearly 300 CSOs including T-MARC took part in the event.

Speaker Ndugai reaffirmed the Government’s and the Parliament’s commitment in providing the civil society sector in Tanzania with a friendly, free, transparent and equally operating environment - “I would like to let you know that the government and its leaders love you dearly. We recognize your greater efforts invested in bringing about development to the people,” stressed Ndugai, who emphasized that if there were any shortcomingsbetween the civil society and government, then the latter is willing to collaborate and amicably solve the situation.

Speaking at the end of the workshop, T-MARC’s Ms. Lilian Mallya said the workshop was verypowerful in bringing CSOs, Government of Tanzania and the private sector and T-MARC will continue to serve the Tanzania society towards improving lives using social marketing of and social behavior change through a range of priority health products and introduce a wide range of short-, medium- and long- acting reversible hormonal contraceptives at affordable prices.

Dume Condom at the helm as Vifundo claim 2021 Ndondo Cup title

The eighth edition of Ndondo Cup ended in Dar es Salaam on August 28, 2021 with fans, officials and players appraising Dume Premium Condom as a true HIV protection arsenal.

A total of 48 street soccer teams featured in the three-month long pulsating
tournament. For the second year in a row T-marc has been supporting the
tournament through Dume Condom flagship.

Right from the beginning T-marc team of staff has been versatile in both
distribution as well as marketing proliferation of the product which provides tight-blanket HIV protection for sexually active young generation of people.The organization’s target still remains to improve well-being of the sexually-active group of population with football fans, officials and players also fallinginto the marketing bracket.

Though the tournament has ended, still people have their memories linked to this health protective mechanism against the disease that has been on prowl across the globe for the fourth decade in succession.

So far the world is still in limbo on how to find a permanent solution in cracking down the HIV jinx. Dume Condom through its sub-brands of desire, classic and extreme looks to have an edge above the rest in terms of preferential consumer product choice. The quality, durability and packaging embedded in each of the Dume Condom sub-brands, has consistently been edging the rest across the Tanzanian market.

Temeke’s Vifundo FC clinched the Ndondo Cup title after breezing past Tabata All Stars by a lone first half goal in a tension-packed showdown. The winners claimed not only the trophy, but also the Tshs 20 million much sought jackpot.Issa Ngoa grabbed the winner that separated the teams ten minutes to half time mark. The eventual winners Vifundo FC created a good precedent enroute to final after handing their semifinal opponents Kinondoni, a 3-1 comprehensive rout a week before at the same venue.

The losing finalists got a consolation prize money half of the winner’s package.Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Amos Makala presided over the prize presentation ceremony at the Tanzania Harbors Authority’s Bandari venue. The semifinal losers were awarded Tshs 2 million each.

Ever since the tournament kicked off in May 2021, T-marc team worked
around the clock in creating awareness to the soccer fraternity on how best to stay on the safety barrier against the global sickness.

Throughout the tournament, the all important message regarding use of Dume Condom as a perfect protection mechanism has also been widely spread across numerous households of Dar es Salaam and beyond.

Dume Condom brand is and still will be an effective HIV protector for long spell to come. Trust Dume for your safety against silent killer, HIV infection.

Monalisa stuns Queens with ‘surprise Flowless Pads package’

In its strong quest to improve life and maintain good health to communities, T-Marc Tanzania took a Centre stage in mid July with another conspicuous donation of flowless pads. Newly-crowned Tanzania women premier soccer league champions Simba Queens stood as beneficiaries of the high-quality pads this time.

The event took place at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam soon after the end of a friendly match between the champions and national women soccer team, the Twiga Stars.

The encounter played during a cool evening on July 13th, saw Twiga Stars opening their account barely ten minutes after the kick off through a spot kick converted by striker Aisha Amin.

The national team extended their tally twelve minutes after resumption to keep the match out of reach by the Tanzania premiership champions.

However, Simba Queens coach Musa Hassan “Mgosi” made tangible substitutions at the start of second half that improved his side’s attacking flare. It was the Bakari Shime-coached Twiga Stars players who had a trouble to contain the fast-moving, versatile and enterprising Queens’ pressure at the rear.

The Queens secured the post-match crucial consolation with a hefty donation of the flowless pads as Monalisa stormed their dressing room with five boxes courtesy of T-Marc.

Monalisa herself being a fan of Simba Queens presented boxes of the pads to skipper Violet Nicholas amid jubilation that reverberated across the dressing room.

She wished them the best of luck ahead of their CAF Champions league opener scheduled in a fortnight with a first leg tie to be staged in Kenya.

‘Play your hearts out, hassle-free and go ahead to win the game convincingly. Feel free and enjoy soccer with an assurance of flowless pads at your midst,’ said Monalisa.

Simba skipper Violet on behalf of her fellow players expressed her in-depth appreciation to Monalisa and T-Marc for the useful donation of high-quality flowless pads. “We really value and appreciate this donation which has come at the right time and will certainly ease stress during our preparation for the continental champions league assignments”, said the charming featherweight Queens’ skipper.

Never before a team has been overwhelmed by a post-match dressing room surprise package like this one by T-marc. Donation of the pads is a continuation of T-Marc services towards achieving the well-being of communities and this time it was lined up for the young generation of soccer players. More are still to come as T-Marc is commited to its fundamental attitude on improving well-being of communities in the country.

Dume Condom cuts across Dar Ndondo Cup football fraternity

For the second season in a row, Dar es Salaam’s highly fancied street team’s Ndondo Cup 2021 edition is in progress under the Dume Condom umbrella.

Awareness for importance of Dume Condom use is growing high among players, fans and officials as the tournament comes close to hit knockout stages. T-MARC has been at the helm of promotion for this valuable protective sex initiative. Dume Condom which has triple brand namely Classic, Extreme and   Desire looks to have engulfed the entire football fraternity that closely follow up the tournament’s progress across Dar es
Salaam Region’s suburbs. Posters, samples of condoms and promotional merchandise linked with Dume Condom have been widely distributed as a strategy to sensitize use for sexually active generation of young people. The fundamental objective besides sales promotion, is to provide safety and sex protection against the predominant yet deadly AIDS pandemic which has carried embarrassment to millions of human beings at global stage for close to four decades now.

Like any other country, HIV has been Tanzania’s chronic health disorder with no permanent solution in sight. Huge loss of manpower coupled with poverty are facts that continue to disgust people in the country.

Ndondo Cup linked with Dume Condom, is billed as an off season soccer tournament replacement that bridges the gap of the country’s all football leagues including the premiership ahead of subsequent season.  The tournament under Dume Condom kicked off last month with 46 teams competing. Open soccer grounds of Kinesi, Mburahati, Benjamin Mkapa School, Bandari, Tandika Mabatini are some of the venues where the slogan for use of Dume Condom for sexual protection is being carried. Temeke-based Toroli Combine Football team are Ndondo Cup title holders are looking forward to retain the crown as   Tshs 20,000,000 prize tag injection has become new driving force for participating teams.

T-MARC marks world Menstruation Hygiene Day with Flowless pads

The world marks menstruation hygiene day annually on May the 28 th . This day was inaugurated by WASH United, the German-based NGO in 2014. May 28 th highlights the importance of good menstrual hygiene management and has been acknowledged all over the world.
T-MARC Tanzania marked this seventh edition of Menstruation Hygiene Day through generous donation of Flowless pads to ladies and young women in Dar City.


To highlight the excitement, Flowless pads ran a small challenge through its social media accounts where people were supposed to name an office that they think should receive these pads and why they thought so.


A number of offices were named for several reasons but three of them were at the helm. The trio included Ennovate Hub, Streets Industries and LHRC (Legal and Human Rights Centre). It was on the morning of 8th June when Flowless pads team visited Mikocheni-located Enovate Hub and Streets Industries’ offices where a number of flawless pads boxes were donated to staff who relished the use of these high-quality pads that are reigning high in the market. Staff of the above=named firms were highly impressed by this rare Flowless pads team’s visit.


The outcome of the visit turned out to be the opening of friendship between the trio firm’s staff and the lovely pads.


Within a short time later the team shifted its attention to the LHRC offices in Kijitonyama where it instantly enjoyed wide smiles and hospitality courtesy of LHRC E.D, Ms Anna Henga (Advocate) and his entire fleet of staff. The LHRC staff were in high-amplitude excitement to welcome the visiting Flowless pads’ marketing team.


Fortunately, the LHRH staff were familiar with the Flowless pads, product currently dominating the market all over the country.
Most of them declared that they were aware of the Flowless pads through one of their office mate who happens to sell the product.
While they appraised the visit, they also never hesitated to declare their unique passion. interestand delight for the product as well.

It was an impressive atmosphere with positivity about menstruation filling the boardroom atLHRC. men who by norms are not used to speaking about menstruation hygiene promised to champion it by buying the Flowless pads to meet interest and need of their wives and daughters. The event has been highly exciting and promising as the LHRC CEO committed to maintain
friendship with Flowless pads and ensure to engage the team in their subsequent events and
activities.

Flowless Pads take Dar streets by storm

A newly market proliferation strategy for T-Marc Tanzania’s best ever Flowless sanitary pads found Yvonne Cherrie famously known as Monalisa at the helm of the campaign.

Women and young girls in Dar es Salaam were hit by a blind wave of bewilderment as they came to realize the Flowless pads that Monalisa introduced to them were second to none in terms of quality and standard. Flowless pads have proved to be highly convenient to use especially for Tanzanian women and young girls who are ambitious, goals oriented, talented both students, employee’s even women in leadership.

Flowless sanitary pads have unique but credible features well enough to impress young ladies while they bring them comfort and freedom. No wonder this is the reason for the product to carry “Niko Huru” meaning “I am Free” tag.

Monalisa is one of the pioneers of the Tanzanian movie industry and has been relevant and trustworthy throughout her career extending to over 20 years. She remains an inspiration to most young girls in Tanzania particularly those who aspire to undertake a career in acting, modelling or any other profession in the entertainment industry.

Being one of the ambassadors of Flowless pads she decided to take it straight to the streets where these young girls that adores her can easily access the product.

In May she took to the streets of Dar es Salaam and Mwananyamala suburb is where her campaign got underway. During her short but spectacular visit a number of pharmaceutical shops and households were not missed. Monalisa met a number of young ladies and small business owners who extended her a warm welcome. Most of them were eager to know more about the sanitary pads, their unique features such as presence of aloe Vera extracts which keep skin complexion to remain smooth. Most of those who met her had no knowledge where these amazing pads could be available for
outright purchase. Monalisa told them the pads were readily available at any nearby pharmaceutical outlet or supermarkets as distributors have been busy to ease availability.

Apart from making this heavy duty marketing proliferation bid, Monalisa took along with her some giveaways and had time for a chit chat with audience that has been closely following her. She has a plan in mind to visit more streets of the vibrant Dar es Salaam City within the next few weeks for a similar mission as the pads have hit market in the most overwhelming response.

Condoms are still the most effective way for preventing STDs and unplanned pregnancies

On February 14 T-MARC Tanzania joined the world to celebrate the International Condom Awareness Day with a call for more advocacy on condom use for effective prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. 

As part of the celebrations, T-MARC Tanzania held a media briefing on the day and its importance. Speaking during the media briefing, T-MARC Tanzania Director of Social Enterprising, Flavian Ngole, said that the day was a time to promote the use of condoms and educate people about the need for practicing safe sex at all times. He was accompanied by the Director of Administration and Logistics, Geraldine Duwe and Sales Manager Larson Chumi. 

“The aim is to get more people comfortable with purchasing, carrying, talking about and using condoms during sexual activity,” he pointed out.  

Consent and voluntary testing are key

With the theme focusing on the importance of consent and testing of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including HIV/AIDS between partners, the day’s commemoration was held one day before St. Valentine’s Day which is celebrated on 14th February each year.   

“We all know the enthusiasm that comes along the day across the globe. We think it is a good time to promote healthy and safe relationships and reminding people about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. In short, we use the day as a reminder to everyone to always ensure that they practice safe sex,” he said. 

The International Condom Awareness Day is also used to fight against such stigma which is putting the lives of many people including youth and women at high risk. “People should be able to make their free choices and also learn how to use a condom correctly from these places while at the same time having any sexual wellness questions answered in a friendly manner,” emphasized Ms. Duwe.

Partnership with the Government 

T-MARC Tanzania has been working with the Government of Tanzania and other partners to improve public health and the well being of Tanzanians through forming up strong partnerships and programs to ensure them with accessible, affordable and quality services and products. 

Supporting the above Government initiatives in the HIV/AIDS prevention, unwanted pregnancy and controlling sexually transmitted diseases, T-MARC Tanzania through social marketing approach offers various types of condoms in order to widening consumer choices, Dume Classic – Plain no scented condom, Dume DesireRed, strawberry-scented condom, and Dume ExtremeRibbed, Dotted, Mint scented condom and Lady Pepeta Female condom 

We believe together we can successfully support Tanzania in its efforts to improve public health and the well being of all Tanzanians most especially among the vulnerable groups including youth and women. Let’s play our part! 

T-MARC TANZANIA