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Organization Contact Information

Name: Blue Cross Society of Tanzania
Street 1: Mikocheni A
Street 2: Nearby Shoppers Plaza
City: DAR ES SALAAM
Province:
Post Code:
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Phone: +255222701257
Email: bluecrosstanzania@yahoo.com
Web Site:

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Esther
Last Name: Kiondo
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Email: emkiondo@yahoo.com
Phone: +255755745812

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Isaya
Last Name: Adamson
Title: Project Coordinator
Email: isayaadamson@yahoo.com
Phone: +255713316101

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
Organization Reach: National
Organization Description:
The Vision is to have a society in which its children and young people are free from smoking, drugs and alcohol abuse.
The mission is to build the capacity of different groups in the community especially young people in fighting smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse and other related problems such as HIV/AIDS, juvenile delinquency, poverty through community awareness creation, provision of education and information, counselling and rehabilitation services to the affected people and their families.
TB prevalence in Tanzania is still high at 295 smear positive cases per 100,000 adult population, compared to 261 cases per 100,000 adults which was projected by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The drug users, cigarette smokers and alcoholics are most at risk population to TB.
Blue Cross Society of Tanzania want to promote and improve early detection of tuberclusis among most at risk populations, tackling TB stigma and discrimination and community home based care.
 
Total number of staff in your organization: 11 - 25
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 6 - 10
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
 
What is your organization's annual budget (USD) dedicated to TB? < $1,000
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Other partners
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who: EASTERN AFRICA NATIONAL NETWORKS OF AIDS SERVICES ORGANIZATION (EANNASO)
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in Stop TB Working Groups
 
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: No
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
Since 2009 Blue Cross Society has been implementing a Project known as Tanzania Aids Prevention Program which specifically works on HIV RISK REDUCTION AND CARE TREATMENT OF DRUG USERS AND MOST AT RISK POPULATIONS IN DAR ES SALAAM. The goal of this project is to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission in injecting drug users and their networks in Dar es Salaam.
In implementation of this project some of the drug users has diagnosed with TB, and referred for treatments.
 

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United Republic of Tanzania
Which WHO region is the main focus of your work: African
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
United Republic of Tanzania

Specializations

Civil Society and Community Engagement
Research and Development
Working on Community, Rights and Gender (CRG)
Working on Key Populations related to TB

Specializations in Countries

Civil Society and Community Engagement United Republic of Tanzania

Contribution

Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
Community involvement in tuberculosis care and prevention towards partnerships, for health to support initiatives of community involvement inviting all relevant partners.
Advocate for support from national and local leaders throughout the process and
follow it up regularly even after launching the initiative. Establish clear and early
communication with communities and with all partners and design with them simple education and promotion material.
Conduct a situation analysis (or use a recent one) of TB service delivery and discuss
how the community contribution can complement the TB programme.
Identify all interested partners on the ground, discuss and define their role (especially the role of community volunteers), plan activities and develop communication
and social mobilization material with them.

TB-HIV:
In Tanzania, HIV is concentrated among key populations such as female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injecting drug users. These groups are at particularly high risk of TB/HIV co-infection.
Due to their weakened immune systems, members of these key populations (and other people infected with HIV) are at high risk of developing TB disease and of having their TB disease progress to death.
Furthermore, some key populations may experience difficulties and delays in accessing
TB services and general health services even in countries with relatively strong TB control programmemes because of structural barriers such as user fees and stigma; this can increase TB/HIV-related morbidity and mortality. In order to develop better policy and programmematic guidance, there is an imperative to build an evidence base identifying current barriers to TB/HIV integration and documenting interventions that successfully overcame those barriers.

Declaration

Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: March 18, 2016
Last updated: April 11, 2016