The annual Professional Social Work Conference of the Tanzania Association of Social Workers (TASWO) was opened on 16 October 2012 in Dar es Salaam by the Acting Chairperson of TASWO, Dr Zena Mabeyo,
Among the professional issues on the conference agenda are the rights of people with albinism, social work with HIV/AIDS affected and infected children and families, the art of therapy in addressing psycho-social problems of children and the problem of substance abuse.
At a news conference on 15 October, Dr Zena announced that the Minister for
Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, would be addressing the conference.
The meeting is sponsored by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CDC Tanzania through the American International Health Alliance (AIHA), a key partner in health systems strengthening in the country.
The President of the US National Association of Social Workers (NASW-USA), Dr Jeane Anastas, participated in the conference, building on the twinning programme of mutual support agreed between the two associations. Speaking at the press conference,Dr. Anastas noted the tremendous progress in social work in Tanzania.
TASWO and said NASW leaders have met several times in Tanzania and the USA. Both TASWO and NASW-USA are active members of IFSW.
Gary Bailey, President ,IFSW said ” this long term relationship between NASW-USA and TASWO is was a wonderful example of how organizations can come together and share their expertise and experience, and work to improve and enhance global social work practice”
TASW/NASW twinning partnership http://www.socialworkers.org/nasw/swan/hriatanzania.pdf
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