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Tanzania

The health sector in Tanzania faces major challenges: old killers such as HIV/AIDs, malaria and TB are far from resolved; whilst in recent years the country has been able to make gains in reducing under five mortality, the life expectancy remains low at fifty-five.

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There is a shortage of

82,000+

health workers in the health sector

Since 2011, we have been working to change this through the Health Partnership Scheme.

In 2016, THET established an office in Dar es Salaam to deliver programmes and projects that support and are aligned to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children’s (MoHCDGEC) priorities with a particular focus on health workforce development.

Since then we have been supporting the MoHCDGEC and the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) to train and deploy the new Community Health Worker cadre.

THET operates in 5 regions: Mwanza, Shinyanga, Geita, Simiyu  and Kagera.

Current Projects:

Building National Training Capacity to Implement the Community Based Health Programme Strategic Plan (2015 – 2020)

We support the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Benjamin Mkapa Foundation and funded by Comic Relief.

Impact:

  • 989 Community Health Workers trained – 560 of whom are female,
  • 29 Tutors were trained on developing health training materials for CHWs courses,
  • 12 Council Health Management Teams (CHMTs) and 1 Regional Health Management Teams (RHMTs) were oriented on community based health programmes.

Research on Child Poverty in Tanzania Project:

In 2017 we started working with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to deliver this project, funded by UNICEF, which is being implemented in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Zanzibar and Mtwara.

 

For further information about THET’s work in Tanzania please contact our Country Coordinator, Linnet Griffith-Jones.

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Ruth, Community Health Worker, Kwimba, Tanzania

“I decided to become a CHW to support my community. The people we serve are facing a number of health issues, from severe diarrhoea and malnutrition to HIV. It is to pregnant women, though, that I feel that I can provide greater help. I want to advocate for them to make sure they have access to the care they need. I remember a few cases dear to me: one woman who has a three-week old baby and one who was seven-months pregnant. They both hadn’t seen a doctor so I referred them to the clinic. The first took my advice and went to the health centre. The other one, in spite of wanting to go, never had a chance to do so, unfortunately, as her husband wouldn’t allow her. As you can see, there are health issues, but it is even more complicated than that as many barriers to access are actually cultural. This is why it is so important for me to sensitise the whole community, men included. What we are doing is important and my ambition is to continue down this path and one day maybe become a CHW Coordinator.”