• Red Cross working educating children in classroom in Tanzania

Helping in Tanzania

Emergency Assistance to Refugees
Since 2004, the American Red Cross has helped the Tanzania Red Cross provide emergency services to refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. The Red Cross has helped maintain adequate water supplies and improved the quality of basic healthcare and sanitation for refugee communities in Kigoma Region, northwestern Tanzania. The project has helped more than 252,000 refugees in six camps. Although many refugees have returned home, over 122,000 continue to receive services. This project is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
Tanzania Integrated HIV/AIDS Project
Since 2004, the American Red Cross has been working with the Tanzania Red Cross to help prevent HIV among vulnerable populations in Tanzania. Beginning in 2009, we expanded our activities to include care and support services for people living with HIV. Currently, we are working in the Shinyanga region, western Tanzania, to decrease the number of people contracting HIV, reduce AIDS-related deaths and improve the quality of life for the chronically ill, including people living with HIV and orphans and vulnerable children. Additionally, we are working to improve knowledge about HIV at the community level and to strengthen the capacity of the Tanzania Red Cross in HIV programming. In total, we aim to provide services directly to approximately 2,700 people, while an additional 35,000 people will be reached through community-based educational activities that focus on preventing HIV and reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with this disease.