The Sustainable Financing Initiative In Tanzania

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Funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Sustainable Financing Initiative for HIV/AIDS (SFI) aims to increase sustainability of the HIV response by promoting shared financial responsibility with host country governments. Since 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has implemented SFI in 16 countries and two regional programs, with a budget of nearly $48 million.

Among countries with the highest adult (age 15 - 49 years) prevalence, Tanzania ranks 13th in the world. In 2020, there were over 1.6 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the country and the prevalence of HIV was 4.9 percent. There were an estimated 65,779 people newly infected with HIV and 25,582 annual deaths from an AIDS-related illness.1 The Government of Tanzania is committed to reducing the effects of HIV/ AIDS, yet gaps in human resources, domestic financing, health infrastructure, and challenges in the supply chain have been obstacles to controlling the epidemic.

In collaboration with the Government of Tanzania and relevant stakeholders, SFI provided technical assistance to enhance public financial management, generated evidence to inform advocacy and policy, and leveraged private sector resources to strengthen corporate investment in HIV services. These efforts represent important milestones on the path to long-term sustainability of the HIV response in Tanzania.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:00am

Last updated: May 12, 2021