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Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa launches a Methadone Clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MZRH) in the Southern Highlands.

The Prime Minister, Honorable Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa yesterday launched the Methadone Clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MZRH) in the Southern Highlands.
Launching the clinic and services for People Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs) in Mbeya, the Prime Minister commended the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital for launching the methadone dispensing services for heroin users in the region. 

“This is the fifth methadone clinic in the country; it is encouraging to see that the Mbeya Zonal Hospital will now, offer services to our youth who are injecting opioid drugs. Providing Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) or Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) is one of the HIV prevention strategies the government is working on, through the Ministry of Health in its attempts to reduce the risk factors for HIV/AIDS,” said Honorable Majaliwa.

The newly- opened methadone clinic is a gift to the people of the United Republic of Tanzania from the American People and is  financially supported by  the US Department of Defense-Walter Reed Program (WRP)/President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with technical assistance from  the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .
The clinic offers Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) for heroin injectors in Mbeya and the Southern Highlands zone in general; it is expected to serve up to 600 clients in the first 12 months of operation. 
The MAT clinic will dispense methadone as an alternative to opiate use for the heroin injectors and will also offer HIV counselling, testing and care and treatment; TB clinic services; cervical cancer screening services, STI diagnosis and treatment, and substance abuse counseling and psychosocial support. 
 The Prime Minister, Honorable Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa  speaks at the launch of  the Methadone Clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MZRH) in the Southern Highlands. Others from right are the Commisioner General of the Drug Control and enforcement Authority Rogers William Sianga, Dr. Godlove F. Mbwanji, Director of Mbeya Zonal Referral hospital and the Deputy Speaker Dr. Tulia Ackson Mwansasu.
 (From Right to left) Dr. David Elkins, Executive Director Global Health Program Tanzania-HJFMRI, Honorable Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister, Dr. Mbwanji, Director of Mbeya Zonal Referral hospital and Member of Parliament for Mbeya City Honorable Joseph Mbilinyi during the launch of Methadone clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital.
(From Right to left) Dr. David Elkins, Executive Director Global Health Program Tanzania-HJFMRI, Honorable Kassim Majaliwa, the Prime Minister, Dr. Mbwanji, Director of Mbeya Zonal Referral hospital and Member of Parliament for Mbeya City Honorable Joseph Mbilinyi during the launch of Methadone clinic at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital.