Probiotics in Tanzania: a multi-partner development project

This article critically examines an HIV/AIDS development and research project in Mwanza, Tanzania. A group of women produce a type of probiotic yoghurt that has evidence of lowering the incidence of HIV infection. The yoghurt is consumed by the women, their family members, and local citizens living with HIV/AIDS; surplus is sold within the community. While the project’s multi-partner, multidisciplinary composition allows for varied expertise and insights, it also requires open and collaborative dialogue. This article discusses the project’s challenges, positive outcomes, and some of the socio-cultural issues that need to be addressed if it expands in size and/or scope.