The effective implementation of the community HIV response has been supported by different development donors including UNAIDS, and World Bank. The technical and financial supported assist in building the capacity and improve the capacity and participation of community members in Unguja and Pemba in participating in HIV National Response. At community level different approaches is used to facilitate effective participation e.g. through COMATAA approach, (Community Mapping, and Theater Against AIDS) and Community Capacity Enhancement CCE. More than 50 communities were supported. The effectiveness of community response was very well seen through the support from TMAP, which was a multisectoral project. (The Tanzania Multi-sectoral AIDS Project-TMAP) effectively started on 2004 to 2010. The project has the component of Community AIDS Response Fund (CARF); this component focused on social mobilization and community level response to HIV/AIDS. This includes Shehia and CSOs. The implementation of this project was done through Tanzania Social Action fund (TASAF) for the case of community sub projects and TANESA for CSOs.
Currently, the community response has been scaled up by supporting HIV and AIDS community sub projects through TASAF up to 155 HIV sub projects in Unguja and 101 in Pemba.
51% of the sub projects were directed to HIV Prevention, 37.6% supported income generating activities for women, youth, orphans and PLHAs, and 11.4% sub projects supported school materials for OMVCs and HBC for PLHAs.
More than 420,000 community members has been reached with HIV education in their areas through different mobilization activities such as public meetings, drama, puppetry shows and by video shows using audio visual equipment which they procured through their projects.
Community members have been trained in HIV including peer education and program planning and management. Outreach services especially for VCT are organized in some communities and people are testing showing an increased level of awareness and stigma reduction with rising level of PLHAs who participate in community programs.
On the other hand through TANESA (a firm contracted by ZAC to manage NGOs response) ZAC managed to support 65 NGOs in Unguja and Pemba. The 65 CSOs received training in developing HIV/AIDS proposal, report writing, as well as project and financial management. CSOs were assisted in developing quality Community Based HIV/AIDS interventions. Through NGOs general population has been reached through radio and TV programs developed and aired specifically on HIV /AIDS as well through mosques and churches. It is estimated more than 200,000 community members were reached through community mobilization activities and peer education programs.
OMVCs are supported through OMVCs programs, peer educators were trained from communities for the purpose of cascading HIV knowledge to others. People from different groups including youth were trained in income generating activities and provided with seed money.