2018

Day of Action 2018

Cities: Dar es Salaam and Dodoma
Organisations: Medecins du Monde, Tanzanian Network for PWUD (TaNPUD)

MdM together with TaNPUD (Tanzania network for people who use drugs) organized two Maskani (“PWUD hotspots”) Cleaning Campaigns in Temeke district of Dar es Salaam. The event was conducted at Sharifu and Mbande Maskani, two hotspots with high concentration of PWID.  Different Partners in Temeke including TaNPUD, MAT Clinic providers, Local Leaders, Health care Workers, Peer Educators, PWUD Community and MdM participated in the event. During the activity, the teams aimed to increase awareness to the PWUD community and people living/working in the surrounding community on the importance of NSP and the safe disposal of used NS. Also, to reinforce involvement of PWUD community and neighbours in the activities of NSP and safe disposal and to increase awareness and support from neighbours and local leaders/government on the importance of harm reduction for PWUD. This includes NSP and overdose prevention and management in addition to reducing the overall stigmatisation and marginalisation of PWUD community.

The following actions also took place in Zanzibar

City: Zanzibar City
Organisations: National Commission of Drug Control

The group visited working places, learning institutions and appeared on radio and TV programs. There was also a football match a press conference with the Honorable Minister of State. The group also met with stakeholders and harm reduction and hosted a rally.


2016

Day of Action 2016

A community sensitization event was organised by TACOSODE and the Tanzanian Network of People Who Use Drugs in three Dar es Salaam municipalities (Ilala, Jangwani-Kinondoni, Tandika-Temeke).

The event included advocacy activities to reach out to the mayor of Dar es Salaam and former EAC Parliamentarians, media outreach (reaching out to ITV Media, Chanel 10 TV station, SIBUKA TV station and Clouds TV station, among others), an advocacy activity aiming at cleaning up the environment in all MATT Centres of the Dar es Salaam region, advocacy outreach focused on community members including TANPUD and Medecins du Monde to raise awareness of hepatitis C, HIV and other harm reduction services for drug users.

Finally, a number of community members volunteered to conduct TB testing in Ilala and Tandika camps, accompanied by a group sensitisation session by trained counsellors.

For a full account of all the activities conducted in Tanzania, please read the full report.

2015

Day of Action 2015

In Dar Es Salam and Bagamoyo, TANPUD conducted outreach to stakeholders and communities before 26th June. On the day of action itself, more outreach, film showings and exhibitions were held in Bagamoyo.

2014

Day of Action 2014

Médecins du Monde, the Tanzanian Network of People who Use Drugs (TaNPUD) and ReACT held a series of events. In Dar es Salaam, TanPUD screened a new short film featuring a specially written music video for their campaign, with an open-air night event at Mwenge Shooters Football Club. The main event took place in Mbeya, with activities including speeches and an information stand. As in 2013, the campaign has helped to generate positive media coverage in Tanzania.


2014

Day of Action 2014

Médecins du Monde, the Tanzanian Network of People who Use Drugs (TaNPUD) and ReACT held a series of events. In Dar es Salaam, TanPUD screened a new short film featuring a specially written music video for their campaign, with an open-air night event at Mwenge Shooters Football Club. The main event took place in Mbeya, with activities including speeches and an information stand. As in 2013, the campaign has helped to generate positive media coverage in Tanzania.

2013

Day of Action 2013

In Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania, Medicins du Monde (MdM) and the Tanzanian Network of People who Use Drugs (TaNPUD) organised a large-scale event with music, speeches and banners.

There was a strong media presence at the event, with activists even invited to present in Parliament. Key advocacy messages were read out in Swahili and English calling on the government to support harm reduction and stop the criminalisation of people who use drugs.

In the words of Susan Masanja, Coordinator of TaNPUD, “The media coverage and the attention we received were important… we feel that we have initiated something of a conversation and awareness about these issues that was not really there before”.

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