On AIDS in Africa
March 20, 1997-- Our heart felt thanks to Ryan Meyering of, I presume,
UCLA, for getting the English translation of this article. This is the kind
of help we appreciate in the work of this journal.
From: email@example.com (Ryan Meyering)
Here is the text for which you requested a translation. I attached a Word for
Windows 6.0 version and a text-only version.
The name WAMATA is an abbreviation from the Swahili for: WALIO KATIKA
MAPAMBANO NA AIDS TANZANIA and means translated, "People, who are in the fight
against AIDS in Tanzania.
The History of WAMATA
Because of the
AIDS problem in Tanzania Mrs. Theresa Kaijage began the WAMATA in June of 1989,
to take care of the HIV-infected, those sick with AIDS, and the affected families.
She is the leader of the Department for Social Work and Family Therapy in the
Muhimbili Medical Center in Dar es Sallaam. With the help of her students she
collects contributions from relatives, friends and acquaintances for her work.
The Catholic Church (Catholic Brothers of Christian Institution) made an office
available to Mrs. Kaijage for her work. In March the WAMATA was registered as
a non-governmental organization (NGO). In 1992 the affiliate in Mwanza on the
South side of the Victoria Sea and in Rubya/Bukoba on the West side of the Victoria
Sea for the Kagera Region was founded. The separate affiliates of the WAMATA work
completely independently, and are also responsible for the collection of their
contributions. Also the WAMATA works together with the national AIDS Program (NACT).
The Discovery of AIDS in Tanzania:
The first case of AIDS was
reported in 1983 in the Kagera Region, the border region after Uganda. After that
the HIV/AIDS epidemic broke out over the whole of Tanzania like a brush fire.
The spread (of AIDS) had many ramifications. By May of 1992 there were 34,600
cases of AIDS known to the NACT. One reckons with a doubling in 19.5 months. One
estimates the count of HIV-infected people at circa 700,000 or 2.8% of the population
of 25 million.
[ Balaam's Ass Speaks comment: At this rate
the infected number must be nearly 3,500,000, or about 15-16% of the population
of Tanzania. Projection for 20 years is to frightening to consider. ]
The Goals of WAMATA:
1. Prevention of the spread of HIV infection
and AIDS through enlightenment.
2. Reduction of the social and economic consequences
for those infected with HIV and sick with AIDS.
3. Looking after the affected
families, the widows and the orphans.
4. Support of the adoptive families,
who have taken in AIDS-orphans. In the Kagera Region alone there are in total
more than 80,000 AIDS-orphans, who need help.
The WAMATA understands its work
in the following manner: "It is better to give a small help than to sit in a comfortable
chair and make clever speeches."
The organizational structure of the
The national structure of the WAMATA is made up of seven honorary
members. At the annual main meeting they are elected for two years. The secretary
of the separate affiliates has an Executive Officer, a secretary and four advisors
and social workers. These make the advisors and housekeepers (?) together with
the volunteer helpers.
Training of the WAMATA members:
workers undergo a voluntary procedure and are completely schooled for their work.
AIDS consultation is a completely new branch of social work and always brings
new knowledge. A complete training of the workers is therefore necessary, so that
these (trained people) can teach the volunteer helpers. Also the leading white-collar
workers must undergo constant training, which should widen their familiarity in
management, administration and modern office organization.
All of these training
manners take place in short intervals. In the WAMATA, one is of the conviction,
that for him the education can never end.
Membership in the WAMATA and
In Tanzania everyone can become a member of the WAMATA who
agrees with the goals of the organization. He pays a one-time entry fee of TSHs
250 (about 0.60 Deutsch Marks) and gives once every year a contribution in the
desired amount in money or goods. The WAMATA is also supported by large foreign
organizations, such as USAID and the Emely George Fund from the USA, NORAD from
Norway, DANIDA from Denmark, the Dutch embassy in Dar es Sallaam, and Terre des
Hommes from Switzerland.
The Help Actions of the DETAF for WAMATA:
Our Tanzanian member, Dr. Francis Mutajuka, visited the WAMATA affiliate in Mwanza
and Rubya in the beginning of 1994 and received a good impression from the teams
and their work. The structure of the DETAF decided in this respect to make the
support of WAMATA a lasting project. First supplies and financial support were
given. This is however a drop on the hot stone and further help is urgently needed.
The DETAF can not do this alone, we need your help also!
about WAMATA in the English language is available. Please send them your request
and 5 Deutsch Marks (in stamps) for expenses.
What does the WAMATA need?
For the continuance of their work, the WAMATA needs financial means and
is very thankful for a gift in any amount.
With a contribution of 100 Deutsch
Marks, for example, one child is cared for with food, school clothes and school
money. With 500 Deutsch marks about 65 people can be cared for for 3 months with
Along with the financial means the WAMATA also needs medical supplies
and medical advice. With our Dr. Francis Mutajuka, Haberstr. 50a. in 51373 Leverkusen,
Tel. 0214/402324, Fax 0214/43173, we ask for the latter contribution, possibly
from a medication manufacturer.
Do you want to contribute to WAMATA?
Contribute to WAMATA please use the heading:
"AIDS-HILFE-WAMATA" (AIDS help
Konto (Account Number) 100 76 80 11
Bensberger Volksbank (like
a Savings and Loan, I think) BLZ 370 621 24
Because we have only official
workers, contributions go almost entirely toward the good of the project, because
our administrative expense is low. The DETAF is especially worthy of promotion
and is recognized to be of benefit to the public. Contributions to the DETAF are
tax deductible. (For contributions) up to 100 DM your deposit slip is sufficient
for the finance department (Germany's IRS, I believe.) With higher amounts you
automatically receive a contribution receipt. Please do not forget your complete
signature on the transfer.
What else does the DETAF want from you?
We want to win you for our work! If you employ many of your ideas, strengths,
experiences, talents and relationships, the friendship between Germany and Tansania
can grow. You are also naturally welcome only as sponsoring Member. We are also
happy about the membership of firms, which want to support our work.
Berufstatige 60 Deutsch Marks
Students, Pensioners and non-commercial
Action groups such as, for example, Third World Laden 100 DM
and Sponsors from 500 DM
Do you want more information?
Do you want to
become a member?
Then please write to:
c/o Klaus Gottschling
Am Diengholt 7
Tel. + Fax: 02504/77305
Ass Speaks is not promoting this work, but it would not be ethically right
to tell their story without giving the whole text of the thing.
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