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Our History

Established to Empower and Advocate

Established in 2003, the National Council of People Living with HIV (NACOPHA) has been at the forefront of supporting and advocating for people living with HIV in Tanzania. Our journey began with a small group of passionate advocates who recognized the urgent need for a unified voice representing those affected by HIV. From these humble beginnings, we have grown into a leading organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people living with HIV through advocacy, education, and community engagement.

In its early days, NACOPHA focused on building a strong network of support among people living with HIV. This grassroots movement provided a platform for sharing experiences, raising awareness, and advocating for the rights and needs of those affected by the epidemic. Through tireless efforts, the organization quickly gained recognition and support from communities, stakeholders, and international partners.

Our Journey

NACOPHA’s history is a testament to the dedication, resilience, and collective efforts of people living with HIV in Tanzania. Below is a timeline of key milestones and achievements that have shaped our organization and advanced our mission.

Foundation of NACOPHA

NACOPHA was established by a group of visionary individuals living with HIV.It  laid the foundation for a unified voice advocating for the rights and needs of people living with HIV in Tanzania.


Formal Recognition

NACOPHA achieved formal recognition as a national organization. This milestone marked a significant step in its journey, enabling the council to expand its reach and influence.


Partnership with Major Stakeholders

NACOPHA established strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including the Tanzanian government, international NGOs, and donor agencies. These collaborations enhanced the organization’s capacity to deliver comprehensive services and advocate for policy changes at national and international levels.


Expansion of Healthcare Services

NACOPHA expanded its healthcare services to include comprehensive care and treatment for HIV-positive individuals. This expansion included the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART), counseling services, and support for treatment adherence.


Introduction of Community-Led Monitoring (CLM)

Recognizing the importance of community involvement, NACOPHA introduced Community-Led Monitoring (CLM) in 2018. This initiative empowered communities to monitor and evaluate the quality of HIV services, ensuring accountability and continuous improvement.


Launch of Sauti Yetu Project

The Sauti Yetu Project aimed to amplifying the voices of people living with HIV, advocating for their rights, and promoting policy changes to improve their lives.


National Recognition for Outstanding Service

NACOPHA received the National Award for Outstanding Service in HIV Advocacy and Support. This prestigious award recognized NACOPHA’s exceptional contributions to improving the lives of people living with HIV in Tanzania. It highlighted the organization's impact in advocacy, healthcare, and community support.


Launch of Hebu tuyajenge Project

Unveiled a new strategic plan for the year 2024, Focuses on innovative approaches, expanded partnerships, and sustainable solutions to further enhance the lives of people living with HI


Continuing the Legacy

Today: NACOPHA remains a leading organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with HIV. Our journey continues as we expand our programs, deepen our impact, and work towards a future free from stigma and discrimination.

Looking Ahead

As we forge ahead, NACOPHA is committed to addressing the evolving challenges of the HIV epidemic. Our focus remains on empowering communities, enhancing service delivery, and fostering an inclusive environment for all.

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