Provider-Initiated Testing and Counseling (PITC) Project

While Tanzania has an extensive health care infrastructure, it suffers from chronic shortages and poor distribution of health workers. The capacity of health facilities to care for people living with HIV is particularly inadequate.

Changing this situation will necessitate increasing the availability of HIV testing, raising individuals' knowledge of their HIV status, and moving clients into prevention, care, and treatment services. Consequently, the government has made a policy decision to broaden the accessibility of counseling and testing, and to increase the number of people who know their HIV status so that they can take appropriate action to safeguard their status, if negative, and seek care if they are positive.

The Provider-Initiated Testing and Counseling (PITC) Project, awarded to IntraHealth in September 2006, is working to strengthen the capacity of the National AIDS Control Program and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to provide HIV testing and counseling, create an enabling environment to support these services, and strengthen referral networks. The five-year, $2.5 million project is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The PITC Project works closely with Tanzanian governmental organizations, USAID, and other US Government agencies, international and local NGOs, donors, and faith-based organizations. This project takes full advantage of the groundwork and relationships the IntraHealth-led Capacity Project established with the Tanzanian government.