ACCODEO is a registered, humanitarian NGO based
in Musoma, Tanzania that was established in 1998 and registered
in October 2001 (Certificate of Registration No.SO.11150). The aim
of ACCODEO is to contribute towards the national policies of reducing
the prevalence of disease, poverty and illiteracy in order to improve
the cultural, social and economic status of deprived peoples of
Tanzania. Our work is focused in the following areas:
- HIV / AIDS prevention in schools
- Micro-enterprises training
- Poverty alleviation
- Children's rights
- Environmental protection
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevention
HIV / AIDS is a major development crisis that affects all sectors.
During the last two decades the epidemic has spread relentlessly
affecting people in all walks of life and decimating the most productive
segments of the population, particularly women and men between the
age of 20 and 49 years of age who constitute over 70% of those infected.
It has left in its wake lowered of life expectancy, an increasing
dependency ratio, reduced growth in GDP, reduction in productivity,
increasing poverty, rising infant and child mortality rates as well
as a growing numbers of orphans. Children under the age of 10 years
bear the brunt of the AIDS epidemic and for them the impact is much
longer than for adults. The epidemic is a serious threat to the
country's social and economic development and has serious and direct
implications on the social services and welfare. Given the high
HIV prevalence in the society, and in the absence of cure, the devastating
impact of the epidemic is incomprehensible.
- To create and sustain an increased awareness
of HIV/AIDS through targeted advocacy, information, education
and communication for behavior changes at all levels.
- To combat stigma, strengthening living positively
and to provide counseling and social support for People Living
with HIV/AIDS and their families.
- To develop appropriate intervention, a strategy
to accelerate AIDS information for children, adolescents and the
youth for the purpose of protecting themselves and others from
- To mobilize communities to plan and implement
their community based poverty reduction and HIV/AIDS control activities
in their localities, especially for those living in the most difficult
- To provide social and economic support for
vulnerable children, particularly orphans and disabled.
- To promote gender equality.
- To increase community participation in
environmental protection and conservation.
ACCODEO executive director, Phillip Minani
Lena, ACCODEO AIDS Awareness Theater Group guardian