The CHAMPION Project
The CHAMPION Project was an innovative five-year initiative to increase men's involvement in preventing the spread of HIV in Tanzania. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the project took a holistic approach to HIV prevention and addresses the underlying gender issues that drive HIV transmission.
Because of power imbalances in sexual relationships, women are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. For example, more than half of the 1.4 million people living with HIV in Tanzania are women. To lessen the impact of HIV on women and to improve the health of both women and men, gender-related behavior and roles need to be addressed. The CHAMPION Project did so by:
- Reducing men's high-risk behaviors
- Promoting fidelity and a reduction in the number of sexual partners
- Eliminating gender-based violence
- Increasing men's participation in health services
CHAMPION built on EngenderHealth's Men As Partners® and HIV programs and involved collaboration with FHI 360 and diverse local partners, such as the Tanzania Commission for AIDS, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, and soccer clubs.
EngenderHealth was proud to be the recipient of the 2013 Avon Global Communications Award for the CHAMPION Project's campaign against gender-based violence.