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The MAPATO project uses a replica of the Grameen Bank model. It uses a system of solidarity group lending, as working through group solidarity was seen as being more suitable in this environment. Borrowers are organized into small solidarity groups of five members each. They elect their own leaders and meet on a weekly basis. The solidarity structure and the joint guarantee mechanism foster a supportive atmosphere of collective self interest. The smaller core groups are affiliated in one larger unit or Centre. Centre leaders or the Chairperson, the Treasurer and the Secretary are elected from among the members of the federation of core groups.

Monthly Clients Meetings” bring together larger groups of clients (normally from 250 to 450 participants) and provide a forum for willing clients to participate, share, learn, socialize, inform. PASADA also actively supports the PASADA HIV+ Women’s Group. Many PLWHA have been trained in basic counseling skills, community entry skills and ART and TB defaulter tracing. In this way, they actively participate in the services they themselves receive.

  • HIV and AIDS community sensitization
  • Prevention and promotion of access to VCT services
  • Promotion of care and support for PLWHA and OVC
  • Reduction of HIV and AIDS related stigma and discrimination
  • Sensitisation at community level about PASADA and its services, as an organization
  • operating under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dar es Salaam providing services without discrimination of any kind
  • Creation of awareness about drug and alcohol abuse, gender violence and poverty.
  • Promotion of behaviour change

A vulnerable child is any child below 18 years, who is either currently experiencing, or is likely to experience, lack of adequate care and protection. The majority of OVC in the program are cared for in extended families. A few of them are in child headed households. PASADA currently provides support and supervision for over 6,000 children who have lost one or both parents due to HIV infection

Home-Based Palliative Care at PASADA

In 2002 PASADA began providing services beyond traditional home-based care when three staff members traveled to Uganda to receive formal training in palliative care. This core of palliative care knowledge grew to form a larger Palliative Care Team, and by 2003 had expanded beyond PASADA to reach eight Archdiocese outreach dispensary sites across Dar es Salaam. Today, the Palliative Care Team consists of 29 members, including nurses and clinical officers under the direction of a doctor. As well, there are over 200 trained volunteers. Home-Based Palliative Care is currently provided through PASADA's main site and 21 outreach sites throughout Dar es Salaam.