Where We Work
In Tanzania, we currently operate within Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania. The city is separated into three municipalities called Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke. The three municipalities administer services for the city population including primary and secondary education, social welfare, community development, and health services.
Although in 2009 the national prevalence of HIV amongst adults (15-49) was 5.6% (UNAIDS), national authorities have recognised a higher prevalence within Dar es Salaam of 9% (TACAIDS), adding greater emphasis upon the need for AC-AF programming within Dar es Salaam.
Currently, the focus of AC-AF programming is in Kinondoni with particular emphasis in the wards of Ubungo and Sinza (wards are administrative sub-divisions of the Municipality). Until 2012, AC-AF worked primarily in the ward of Ubungo.
Ubungo has many important features within its boundaries including the University of Dar es Salaam (the oldest and largest public university in Tanzania), the main bus terminal for Dar es Salaam, and is heavily industrialised. However, while there are five government primary schools and two private secondary schools, there are no government secondary schools. All youth accepted into government secondary schools required to travel outside of Ubungo. In addition, there are no government hospitals or Voluntary, Counselling and Testing (VCT) Clinics within Ubungo itself. There is a high rate of poverty, a large number of children who are unable to attend secondary school, and limited employment for youth in the formal sector.
In Canada, the majority of our programming is undertaken in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario. Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is recognised as one of the most diverse cities in the world. It is governed as a single municipality.
Although the largest group affected by HIV and AIDS in Toronto has been the gay community, by 2009, 1 in 4 of all new infections was amongst youth under the age of 30, with an increasing number of women, aboriginals and immigrants living with HIV. (Casey House)
While the AC-AF head office in Toronto plays a substantial administrative and fundraising role within the organisation, programming is also undertaken within schools and community centres throughout the GTA. AC-AF generally targets vulnerable populations within the city that has previously included high-risk schools and immigrant groups (particularly relevant within the diverse communities of Toronto). The impact of HIV and AIDS upon a wider number of groups within Toronto ensures the need for AC-AF programming to provide understanding of the forms of transmission as well as reducing the stigma and discrimination faced by those living with HIV.