FHI 360’s UJANA project delivered technical assistance, capacity building, resources and advocacy to prevent HIV infection among youth ages 10–24 in Tanzania. UJANA (which is Kiswahili for youth) augments the HIV prevention efforts of the Government of Tanzania and builds on the foundation of the YouthNet/Tanzania project.
FHI 360 implemented UJANA with three strategic partners: AMREF, Femina HIP, and TRACE OD. Its youth HIV prevention interventions are conducted in every region of the country, with a special focus on Dar es Salaam, Iringa, Morogoro, Coast and Zanzibar.
UJANA had three primary objectives:
Supporting youth to reduce their risk of HIV infection by reaching them with HIV prevention education and skills. The project trained teachers and peer educators to educate students and out-of-school youth about HIV prevention; FHI 360 efforts also made HIV counseling and testing and reproductive health services more youth-friendly.
Increasing social and community support for youth HIV prevention by building the capacity of communities to change social and cultural norms that contribute to HIV/AIDS among youth, such as cross-generational sex and gender inequality.
Strengthening the quality and coordination of youth HIV prevention programs by improving collaboration and coordination through support to committees addressing youth HIV prevention, such as the Adolescent Reproductive Health Working Group, Coordinating Committee on Youth Programs, the Tanzania Y-PEER network and interfaith networks.