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The Citizen Examines PEPFAR-Backed Program in Tanzania Targeting IDUs

February 14, 2011

The Citizen reports on a recently launched program in Tanzania that is targeting injecting drug users (IDUs) in an attempt to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS within this population. According to chief medical officer Deo Mtasiwa, the pilot program, which is providing methadone-assisted therapy to help reduce opioid dependence, was launched on Feb. 4. "Currently the programme is undertaken jointly with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) providing IDUs with services like voluntary HIV, hepatitis B and C testing," according to the newspaper. Mtasiwa "explained that Tanzania is the first sub-Sahara African country to provide the treatment, whose funding comes from ... PEPFAR," according to the newspaper (Mirondo, 2/10).

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