Tanzania’s Efforts To Shut Down AIDS Programs Offering Services To Gay People Incites Fear, Sparks Concern From U.S. Officials
NPR: People With HIV Are Panicking Due To Tanzania’s Crackdown On Gays
“…Last August, [Tanzania’s] justice minister suspended HIV prevention programs, funded by the U.S., that were aimed at gay men — and warned that any nonprofit that supports homosexuality would be suspended. Since then, there has been a continued effort to wind back or stop such programs. .. Tanzania currently receives approximately $380 million a year from PEPFAR, the U.S. program that supports programs to prevent HIV and AIDS and provides medications for people who are HIV positive. ‘We have been consistent in expressing concern on the statements and actions taken by certain Tanzanian officials targeting health care providers and civil society organizations that provide services to key populations at risk of HIV/AIDS,’ a USAID spokesman wrote in an email to NPR. ‘We urge Tanzania to maintain its prior commitments to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to serve all of its people and populations equally without bias or discrimination’…” (Fallon, 3/15).