The focus of the SAFE Pwani HIV/AIDS programme is to reinforce the importance of drug adherence and the dangers of the drug resistant strain of HIV. This strain is becoming more and more prevalent in the coastal region as the gap between the community and the health services widens.
The Play – Masika, is the story of a young, bright village girl who contracts HIV when she is raped by her school teacher, a man that she trusts. Ostracised by her family and losing her friends Charo and Lulu to drug resistant HIV, she hits rock bottom. However, with the support of her mentor, she comes through, and qualifies as a doctor. The audience never fail to fall in love with Masika, they laugh with her, cry with her and cheer her successes. At the end of the play, a testimony is delivered by SAFE Pwani project manager David Kalume who is HIV positive, his message is simple; it is possible to be HIV positive and lead a healthy, happy life if you stick to your treatment.
The team deliver follow up activities; Condom distribution and demonstrations, VCT services and workshops in partnership with local heath officers. The workshops target hard to reach communities such as sex workers, people living HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), prison communities and men who have sex with men, as well as the general community.