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KIWAKKUKI is a Kiswahili acronym (Kikundi cha Wanawake Kilimanjaro Kupambana na UKIMWI) for Women Against AIDS in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. KIWAKKUKI was founded in 1990 around the theme of World AIDS Day “Women and AIDS”. It formally registered as an NGO July 1995 and complied with the NGO Act.24/2002 in February,2011 with No.00001413. KIWAKKUKI works in all the 7 Districts of the Kilimanjaro Region where it is now considered the leading HIV/AIDS service provider.

It is a women membership organization with 5460 women and about 133 men as honorable members in the grassroots groups and employees.The uniqueness of KIWAKKUKI is how women from different villages and households in Kilimanjaro Region formed grassroots groups and joined together. In one constitution they formed the BIG registered organisation that has gone through a lot of challenges at different stages during its formation due to culture, stigma, misconceptions and beliefs.

To see a  community taking appropriate measures to eradicate HIV & AIDS, Poverty and contributing efforts to mitigate the impact of  HIV & AIDS

To integrate holistic programs that focus on HIV/AIDS and increased community participation in providing services to those infected and affected by HIV&AIDS through conscious gender mainstreaming
KIWAKKUKI  members are linked by cherished.

KIWAKKUKI  members are linked by cherished values of: 

  • Voluntarism
  • God fearing
  • Unity
  • Respect
  • Sharing
  • Recognition of talents
  • Love
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Working as a team

The heart of KIWAKKUKI is its members in grassroots groups in every district in the region. Members register into Grassroots groups when they join KIWAKKUKI. There are over 150 active groups. Each group has 20 – 30 members. The KIWAKKUKI Headquarters in Moshi functionally coordinates KIWAKKUKI activities in the seven districts of Kilimanjaro. Each District has a KIWAKKUKI sub-office. A District office coordinates 20-30 grassroots groups.

KIWAKKUKI  covers a Project Area of  80%  of the total wards in the 7 Districts of Kilimanjaro. With empowerment, grassroots women members have made a big difference in the war against HIV and AIDS in Kilimanjaro Region. Men’s empowerment and participation is honoured as partners in development and decision making related to HIV prevention & AIDS care issues.

We are committed to the development and implementation of innovation and sustainable service delivery in HIV/AIDS, care, prevention and support by employing a health system strengthening approach. The organization  contributes towards improving capacity to respond and cope with the scourge by implementing a variety of projects and activities that include:

  • Promote HIV/AIDS prevention through community awareness raising for behaviour change,
  • Same day result Voluntary Counseling and Testing that is done by stand alone service as an entry point to care  and support.
  • Provision of Home Based Care services and linkages to post test club as an aspect of continuum of care and positive prevention.

Impact mitigation

  • Support to Most Vulnerable Children that includes psychosocial support,  shelter, memory work and child rights, nutritional support, school sponsorships and scholastic materials.
  • Addressing Gender imbalances, abuse of rights, high levels of poverty and  stigma reduction are  cross cuting themes while Economic and social gender inequity is a major driver of the HIV epidemic in Tanzania, with  women and girls more vulnerable to HIV infection than men. KIWAKKUKI believes that once  women are capacitated with information it  means  that the whole family and community at large will be informed.
  • Through community development projects in micro-credit aspect.

The major commitments of KIWAKKUKI are in harmony with those of the Tanzanian government and also address the Millennium Development Goals. For the past 20 years, KIWAKKUKI’s approach has been an integration of HIV/AIDS activities into the national short, medium and long term plans, namely Vision 2025, National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGPR) and the Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025. KIWAKKUKI covers 16 out of 18 Strategies streamlined by Tanzania Coordination on AIDS (TACAIDS) which is a significant contribution to the National Efforts.
We have urgent challenges to the values we share that demands action now, some are: The increasing needs and  demands for services and expectations from the target groups in the community  in relation to the minimum resources available. Increasing prevalence to the minority youth community while at the same time  there is progressive less interest from funding agencies supporting directly  HIV and AIDS interventions.

Strategies to rescue the situation include encouraging interventions that focus on improving youth understanding of HIV and AIDS, and community livelihood projects responses especially for the marginalised groups in the community. More emphasis to community ownership of the whole process of service delivery which will create sustainability. The immediate needs of the organisation are therefore resources that will be used to train families and beneficiaries who are now partially resuming their responsibilities by establishing small income generating activities.







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