When the Better Living Symposium is convened by the Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 17 in Dar es Salaam, President Jakaya Kikwete, the head of state for this east African nation, will be the speaker. The event will last a week and two of his cabinet ministers will also make presentations during that time, according to the Tanzania Daily News. This is a public event, not a church activity.
The purpose of the event is to address a wide range of social problems and policy issues that impact public health, stated Pastor Mussa Mika, communication director for the Tanzania Union Mission. There will be presentations on the effects of HIV-AIDS, poverty and its impact on families and society, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, how to improve the standard of living in the country, how to improve moral standards in society and the continuing effects of traditional witchcraft which hinder development.
Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, minister for health and social welfare, will address the symposium. He is the top public health official for the country. Stephen Wasira, a high-ranking member of the president’s staff, will speak on how to promote peace and non-violence in Africa.
Tanzania has a population of 46 million with a very high percentage of poverty, low levels of education and a significant incidence of HIV-AIDS. The Adventist Develop and Relief Agency (ADRA) has a number of projects in Tanzania. There are more than 2,000 Adventist congregations in the country and more than 400,000 church members, although outside sources indicate that about one million people can be considered Adventist adherents. The Adventist Church operates 11 secondary schools and 18 community clinics in Tanzania.
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