ACCODEO (AIDS Control and Community Development Organization)

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

Background

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.

Objectives

  • 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 HIV infections.
  • 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 circumstances.
  • 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