Men and Traditions Against AIDS (MTAA) is a small scale project carried out in eight villages in West Kenya.
MTAA envisions a generation free from HIV infection and focuses on empowering couples, widows and adolescents with knowledge and skills of mitigating their vulnerability to HIV infection. Moreover, MTAA empowers people living in extreme poverty through Behavior Change Communication (BCC) by addressing cultural practices that fuel the spread of HIV infections.
MTAA, an NGO since 2012, was founded by Mrs. Gertrude Lawrence and Mr. James Wambani. MTAA informs village chiefs and village elders (normally male) about the traditions that promote the transmission of the disease. It is important to include these village chiefs and elders in any solution since they are highly respected and function as keepers of traditions. Working together with these chiefs and elders, MTAA approaches sexually active men and women who run the risk of becoming infected. Behavior change can reduce this risk.
Grace Impact has provided two grants (in 2017 and 2018) to MTAA in Kenya and seeks to expand the program together with MTAA Netherlands.
MTAA Kenya partners with Amref Health Africa, KANCO and APHIA PlUS among others.