Condom use advocated at Tanzanian beauty salons

The use of female condoms is being advocated at beauty salons in Tanzania after the locations were identified as a suitable place to educate women about sexual health.

Following on from a 2008 study carried out by Tanzania Marketing and Communications (T-Marc), the sites are now being employed as a space where girls can be introduced to the prophylactic as well as bumping up availability of the products, IPPMedia.com reports.

Venues used for the initiative are situated around Dar es Salaam city in the neighbourhoods of Sinza, Manzese, Buguruni, Namanga and Kinondoni.

T-Marc - which was established on April 1st 2007 - has trained two beauticians from each of the salons to advise customers about sexual health matters.

Maurice Chirimi, public relations and communications manager at T-Marc, said: "Besides recruiting 21 salons to become Jipende Centres for Women Health, other successes of this first wave included the training of 42 hairdressers, beauticians and salon owners to become health educators."