We have been working in Tanzania since 1993, to:

  • Reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS on older people and their families both by working directly with them, and by influencing government entities
    • Raise the profile of older people in society, and making sure their voices are heard by local authorities
    • Strengthen the position of older women, so they can claim their rights and fight back against abuses such as witchcraft accusations
    • Improve older people's incomes
    • Fight malaria by providing mosquito nets and education.

In recent years we have been focusing on:

  • Promoting older women's economic and social empowerment through combined initiatives of the government, media, and civil society
  • Promoting and protect the rights of older women in Tanzania, who live in constant fear and frequently encounter extreme violence following claims of witchcraft practice.
  • Improving universal access to HIV/AIDS services and social protection mechanisms for vulnerable groups
  • Training 1,325 health professionals on older people's specific health needs and promoting age-appropriate home-based care and community-based care

Our achievements include:

  • Influencing 48 out of 132 district councils to include older people's needs in their plans and budgets, and presidential candidates are addressing pensions in their campaigns.
  • Cutting the number of murders related to witchcraft accusations by 90% in the villages we operate in.
  • Observing a drastic drop in malaria cases in villages where we have provided insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
  • Following our advocacy, the country's revised HIV and AIDS policy now has a section specifically relating to older people, with an objective "to address elderly specific needs related to HIV in prevention, treatment, and societal roles in care for OVC and PLHIV."
  • The monitoring system of the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty now measures the percentage of older caregivers of orphaned and vulnerable children.
  • Training media representatives to build a national movement to combat abuses against women, such as witchcraft killings, inheritance theft, and property killings.

What next?

We will focus on a three-year project, which will:

  • empower older people in the poorest areas of Khartoum,
  • reduce poverty and increase quality of life among vulnerable older people in Sudan,
  • target 500,000 poorer older people across four areas of the capital,
  • improve their health and quality of life,
  • increase their access to services and entitlements.

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