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Swahili version of ‘What can I do?’ launched in Dar es Salaam

Over 100 people from local churches attended the event, which was organised by the Upendo AIDS Centre and the Tanzanian Network

Naweza Kufanya Nini? - the Swahili version of What can I do? - was launched in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 13 May 2006.

Mrs Wandoa Mwambu introduces Canon Gideon Byamugisha to the participants.

Visiting Tanzania specially for the launch of the film, Canon Gideon Byamugisha and his wife, Pamela, thanked the participants for their commitment to the fight against AIDS.  Canon Gideon emphasized that AIDS-related stigma leads to shame, denial and discrimination, which in turn increase the spread of HIV and worsen the impact of AIDS.  He called upon religious leaders to put an end to AIDS-related stigma.  “People should be free,” he said, “to go for HIV testing and, if the result is positive, to reveal their sero-status without feelings of shame and fear”.

As part of the launch, all 127 participants lit candles as an act of remembrance of loved ones, colleagues and friends who have died of AIDS.

Mrs Wandoa Mwambu, Director of the Upendo AIDS Centre, thanked all the guests of honour and the participants for their attendance.  She added that copies of the film (in VHS and DVD formats) and the facilitator’s guide - in Swahili and English - are available from the Upendo AIDS Centre, which is located at Mwananyamala House, No. 336 Lupiro Street, near Vijana Social Hall, Dar es Salaam.  Telephone +255 744 3892; email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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