The "Mabinti Tushike Hatamu!" (Girls Let's be Leaders) project in Tanzania, which focuses on HIV prevention and eradication of girl’s vulnerability to HIV, pregnancy and violence, recently won the highly competitive Resolve Award, for its innovative approach of improving reproductive health in Tanzania.
In Eastern & Southern African countries, girls and young women between the ages of 15 and 24 are 2 to 4 times more likely to be infected with HIV than males of the same age. Multiple factors ranging from social, economic, biological and behavioral have contributed to high increase of new infections among young girls. Thus there is a great need of innovative approache to target young girls that are at risk or vulnerable with interventions for HIV preventions as well as addressing sexuality needs and reproductive health related problems.
Unicef and Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) worked together with Restless Development to develop a framework model for addressing the three critical challenges to girl’s well-being which are HIV/AIDS; unwanted pregnancy and violence. From this partnership the "Mabinti Tushike Hatamu!" (Girls Let's be Leaders!) project was lunched by Restless Development. It is a ground-breaking initiative that has been designed to test and evaluate strategies for reducing the vulnerability of adolescent out of school girls aged 10-19 years old to HIV and AIDS, pregnancy and gender-based violence through youth to youth peer education, capacity building and effective referrals.
The Resolve Award, presented by the Aspen Institute celebrates progress made by governments toward delivering on the promise of universal access to reproductive health. This highly competitive, non-monetary award is designed to honor innovative and scalable approaches in accelerating progress toward universal access to reproductive health.
Peggy Clark, Vice president of the Aspen Institute congratulated the project: “We applaud Tanzania’s commitment to working with a range of partners to ensure the greatest impact in improving reproductive health and family planning services. Tanzania’s sustained dedication to universal access to reproductive health led to the Council’s selection of Tanzania as the Resolve Award winner in the category of Service Delivery.”
The award ceremony will take place on May 20th 2014 . There will be a live-stream at http://www.aspeninstitute.org/live to watch the ceremony and social media engagement via Twitter by following @GLCRHresolve and #Resolve. Winning the Resolve award is a great motivation to volunteers and staff of the Mabinti project to keep up the good work and expand the project further.