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Flavian was one of the founding members of Mukikute – the first registered

TB Patient organization in Tanzania. Unfortunately he passed away in October
2015 after worsening health condition. As one of the initially elected leadership
in Mukikute, he served as the finance responsible for many years. He tirelessly
worked to build Mukikute stone by stone from a small, informal, group of 20 individuals assisting the Temeke Municipal TB programme, to become independent and recognized nationally and outside the country.


Flavian pushed on as a key player for the thematic and geographic development of the organization. In the later years he focused on the establishment of new groups around Tanzania, "Mkuta" groups which would unite all TB patient organizations in Tanzania in a competent network of technical and practical support from the main office. The aim was to include former TB patients as peers actively everywhere in aspects of TB control and awareness raising based on the positive experiences from Temeke. This brought him around the country to visit the mining sites in the Kilimanjaro region, fishermen at Lake Victoria, Masaii in Chalinze, border areas towards Zambia, and urban slums in Dar es Salaam. When the LHL president visited Tanzania, Flavian said: "Before it was TB in every house hold, but we did not know that it didn't have to be like that. This was seen as a normal part of life. You can never understand the importance of your efforts for us here in Tanzania". Like other Mukikute members he knew from experience what it took to stand up and confront stigma and discrimination against TB and Hiv. Flavian assisted as a translator and facilitator for external visitors, film makers, and in the booklet process. He took initiatives and wanted things to materialize from talk to action. Increased knowledge and awareness on TB and HIV in the Tanzanian population is highly needed still, and we will honor Flavians spirit by focusing on key areas of empowerment of individuals and communities.
In sympathy with the family and friends of Flavian Makaranga, we will keep the good memories with us, and continue the important work against tuberculosis in Tanzania.

Flavian handing out TB-information material at the market in Kibaha. Flavian with TB Club Tokiuki, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam Flavian with Mama Esther Laban Moretu, leader of a Masaii group from Chalinze.

     
Flavian handing out TB-information material at the market in Kibaha. Flavian with TB Club Tokiuki, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam Flavian with Mama Esther Laban Moretu, leader of a Masaii group from Chalinze.