NPR, March 15, 2017
Amy Fallon


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[...] Last August, the justice minister suspended HIV prevention programs, funded by the U.S., that were aimed at gay men — and warned that any nonprofit that supports homosexuality would be suspended. Since then, there has been a continued effort to wind back or stop such programs.

In February, the government banned 40 private drop-in health centers from providing services for HIV/AIDS to "key populations" — a category that includes gay men, transgender people and sex workers. The reason: Health minister Ummy Mwalimu stated at a press conference that "it was established that the centers were promoting homosexuality, which is against Tanzania's laws."

And on March 5, deputy health minister Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla tweeted: "The war against promotion and normalization of homosexuality in Tanzania is real. I commend recent efforts by the police force on our cause." Kigwangalla, who is a medical doctor, has also ordered three men to turn themselves into the police for "spreading" homosexuality. [...]

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