Tanzania: Report Analyzes Link Between Gender-Based Violence and HIV
Thursday, July 12, 2012 5:10 PM

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recently released a new report, “Gender-Based Violence and HIV: Emerging Lessons from the PEPFAR Initiative in Tanzania.” The report analyzes the strong linkage between HIV and gender-based violence (GBV), noting that violence is both a risk factor for AIDs and a potential consequence of becoming HIV positive.
The report utilizes data from the GBV initiative of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AID’s Relief (PEPFAR) to evaluate the effectiveness of initiatives that combat HIV and GBV together. Specifically, it examines the successes, failures, and future challenges and priorities of the GBV initiative in Tanzania to help guide future efforts to end these mutually reinforcing epidemics.
Ultimately, the report concludes that the PEPFAR GBV initiative has been somewhat successful in affecting important changes in policies and programs in Tanzania. However, major challenges that need to be addressed include delays in implementing programs, cost-effectiveness, and garnering bipartisan support.