HEAL: HIV & Health Education in Tanzania
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The HEAL Team. Globally, the leading cause of death among women of childbearing age is HIV/AIDS. For instance, in Tanzania, people are 20 times more likely to be infected with HIV than in the United States. Through classes and months of training at home, ASU students know that this can be prevented. They want to go to Tanzania to save lives—and you can help.
Why it Matters
HIV is a preventable, treatable, sexually transmitted infection — yet it continues to kill an extraordinary number of people. This is largely the result of stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and a lack of awareness about testing and treatment options.
In addition, many other diseases and community health issues, such as malaria and gastrointestinal problems, can be addressed by focusing on prevention through education and outreach activities.
When students from both Arizona and Tanzania work together, we have proven success in improving health and saving lives globally.
Who Are We?
We are a caring group of college students working with ASU faculty, alumni, community members and Tanzanians to address critical health issues in Africa and in the U.S. By working together through health outreach opportunities in both countries, we are actively developing a new generation of leaders in global health.
Our student health outreach groups work in partnership with the ASU School of Life Sciences; HEAL International (a non-profit health organization); and the ASU Study Abroad program.
What Are We Doing?
Our students are empowering people in Tanzania and in the U.S., in both rural and urban areas, to take an active role in improving their own health and wellness. Here’s how we help:
- Student teams complete five months of rigorous health outreach training so they can work together cross-culturally
- ASU students are matched with Tanzanian students to develop solutions for community health issues in Arizona and Africa
- Students go to schools, churches and meetings and teach communities about hand-washing, bed nets, HIV/AIDS, disease prevention, and more
- Outreach teams work with hospitals to expand community health programs
- Students co-develop solutions to health problems specific to local communities
ASU students: During the past decade, more than 50 percent of students in our health outreach program have gone on to complete clinical medical programs and earned MDs, PA and NP degrees, and advanced degrees in public health.
Tanzania: Malaria, a preventable infection spread through mosquito bites, has decreased in our Tanzanian service area. The disease has dropped from being the number 3 killer of children there to number 11.
Arizona: Our students have conducted thousands of conversations to promote sexual health and wellness, resulting in new openness and dialogue about safe sex. As a result, hundreds of Arizonans have chosen to be tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
How You Can Help
Many students who are bright and talented cannot afford to travel to Tanzania and participate. Most of our students fundraise to participate in the program, but it is not always enough.
With your support, students with different backgrounds, lifestyles, cultures, and economic status can participate in this critical training—and become global leaders in health care.