CHESA Community Health Education Services & Advocacy


Ilala, Dar es Salaam
Contact email:
+255 755 970 970

Used to be called Tanzania Sisi Sex Workers Network Unit (TSSNU)

Who do you work with?: 
CHESA work with female, male and transgender sex workers, clients, managers, partners and children of sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
This is an organisation led and run by sex workers. Sex workers are members and decision makers of the organisation.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Lack of Access to health and Enabling environment Human rights violation Capacity building Evidence Base
Describe other areas of your work: 
Community Outreach education programme, distribution of Information, Education, Communication and Protective gears (Condom and Lubricants), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Psychosocial Support, Referrals to LGBTI & SW provision of friendly service points, Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT), prevention of Gender based Violence among Lesbian, Human Rights Activism and advocacy for LGBTI, provision of leadership development & Life Skills, Research, Documentation and Publication.