Tanzania

GHC provides technical assistance to the Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. TAYOA is an alliance of partners focusing on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to address social challenges on health, youth employability, environment protection, art, and governance. In August 2008, TAYOA was awarded a 5-year cooperative agreement through the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) under the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Tanzania) for the scale-up of Youth HIV Prevention through its National AIDS Hotline in Tanzania. TAYOA operates a national AIDS Helpline that counsels up to 1,000 callers a day. The 117 Helpline is free to all callers and provides anonymous, individual counseling and referral services. GHC works with TAYOA to train their counselors on how to respond to calls from most at risk populations and people suffering from gender-based violence (GBV). In addition, GHC assists TAYOA to gather Helpline data on frequently asked questions, caller demographics, and service use statistics. As TAYOA moves forward with plans for a similar, free text messaging service, GHC is helping create text messages that will appropriately address the populations’ needs and priorities for HIV-related information.