HIV testing at Mwenge wa Uhuru in Magugu, Babati
On September 11, 2017, we celebrated the arrival of the Mwenge wa Uhuru or “Freedom Torch” in Magugu, Babati. Every year, the torch travels around the country to celebrate independence. Along the way, the government inaugurates health, education, and various development projects. The torch symbolizes unity and freedom in Tanzania. The celebrations end on October 14, the day Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the Father of the Nation and first President of Tanzania, passed away.
In partnership with the Babati District Council, we offered free and rapid HIV testing. After testing all day and all night, we are happy to announce that we tested a total of 664 people! The turnout was incredible and we were blown away by the number of people that wanted to get tested.
Magugu is an area that we worked with in the past with Support for International Change. Thanks to their good reputation in the community and the HIV education that they provided, people were familiar with our mobile HIV testing services and excited to see us provide the service again through Thrive Afya Tanzania. The record-breaking number of people that got tested shows us that this is a service that people want and need.
Asanteni (thank you) to the Babati District Council and all the amazing staff that worked so hard to make this day happen!