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Amref Health Africa in Tanzania

Amref Health Africa is an International African Organization Founded in 1957 as the flying Doctors of East Africa to provide critical medical assistance to remote communities in East Africa. It has since grown to comprise a full range of medical and health –related services. Amref  Health Africa works with the most vulnerable African communities to achieve lasting health change.

Amref Health Africa has been active in Tanzania since 1957 and in 1987 the country office was established in Dar es Salaam. Since then, Amref Health Africa Tanzania has been among the major supporters of the Government of  Tanzania’s health care initiatives particularly the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) . Amref has supported the development of  a number of  national health policies, strategies and guidelines for equitable health service delivery.

Currently, Amref Health Africa Tanzania has more than 25 active projects across different regions in Tanzania (over 45% of the projects are located in the Lake Zone of Tanzania). Amref has projects with national outlook which are community base one  such as e-learning program and laboratory strengthening project that are implemented across the regions including Zanzibar.

Amref’s projects are categorized into four main thematic areas: Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH); Disease Control and Prevention (DCP) program which comprises of HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), Laboratory Services, Obstetric  Fistula  and Malaria interventions; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)  and Capacity Training Program.

Amref Health Africa Tanzania’s projects respond to national health priorities and sustainable development goals in addressing the needs of women and children. We work to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of health services by strengthening health systems, improving access to services and advocating stronger community health systems and influencing health policies. With 2018-2022 New strategy, Amref Health Africa in Tanzania remains a strong supporter of universal health coverage agenda.

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BORESHA CHANJO- mVaccination Project  in Shinyanga Region

ABOUT mVaccination Project

mVacciNation – Boresha Chanjo  is a mobile health technology solution that complement VIMS and other technology solutions being implemented in Tanzania by addressing informational bottlenecks that prevent facilities closest to the population from consistently delivering immunizations. The project aim is to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by vaccine preventable diseases in children by decreasing immunization regimen dropout rates in the Geita and Sinyanga Regions of Northern

GOAL To improve vaccine data management, coverage, stock status and reduce immunization regimen dropout rates

DONOR -UK Department for International Aid (DfID)

PARTNERS -MoH, Mezzanine, GSK and Vodafone

e-Learning Project in Tanzania

About e-Learning Project

The Tanzania Health Professionals Upgrading Programme through e-Learning was launched in April 2011 by the Director of Human Resources for Health of the Ministry of Health, Community development, Children and Elderly on behalf of the respective Minister. The aim of the nurse-midwife upgrading programme in Tanzania is to improve healthcare service delivery to communities, especially those living in rural settings by training nurse midwives to a diploma level. The programme uses the e-learning national curriculum for upgrading nurses from Certificate level to Diploma level

GOAL- Contribute to the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rates in Tanzania

DONOR -Glaxo Smith-Kline (GSK)

Integrated Alternative rite of passage and water, sanitation and hygiene (ARP/WASH) Project in Kilindi- Tanga Region

About ARP & WASH Project

This project intends to bridge the gap of linking Sexual Reproductive Health and WASH services (at selected health facilities and schools) in Kilindi district with particular focus of scaling up the Alternative Rites of Passage model in addressing FGM/C, providing comprehensive sexuality education to young girls, boys (10-24 years) and women of reproductive age (15-49 years), creating awareness among the community on denouncing GBV, increasing access to WASH services among girls, boys and women (at school and health facilities) in particular and the community at large. It targets 8 wards with a population of 102,928 of which 48, 376 (47 %) are women of reproductive age (NBS Census, 2012) .

GOAL – Improve Sexual Reproductive Health services among youth (10-24 years ) and women of reproductive age in Kilindi district by increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene services and reduction of FGM.

DONOR – Amref Health Africa Netherlands

Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Tanzania  (CAIA- MNCM ) – Geita

About CAIA-MNCM Project

The project aim to improve quality of MNCH, by integrating water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and nutrition services for women of reproductive age (WRA), newborns and children under five (U5) and enhancing good governance and accountability of the local and government structures to be responsive to MNCH, nutrition and WASH services.

GOAL -To contribute to the reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality in Geita region

DONOR – Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Good Health for Youth – Afya Kwa Vijana (AKV) Project

About AKV projet

Sexuality and the right to reproductive health are fundamental human rights; all women and men should be able to exercise these rights free from coercion and violence. Sexual and reproductive rights are fundamental to a healthy society, yet many governments fail to provide quality services and enforce health policies and laws that work for all. The consequences of government inaction are dire with sexual and gender based violence, pervasive discrimination, and inadequate sexual and reproductive health services resulting in the preventable death or injury of countless women, men, and children every year.

GOAL -Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health for youth aged 10-24 in Meatu, Tanzania

DONORS  – Allen & Overy and Big Lottery Fund

Improving Maternal, Reproductive and Newborn and Adolescent Health in Undeserved Areas of Tanzania: UzaziUzima Project in  Simiyu Region

About Uzazi Uzima II Project

Improving reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health in Tanzania is a target set out in various international and national instruments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)/ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Vision 2025, Five Year Development Plan II. Despite this being the case, Tanzania hasmade insufficient progress to attain MDG 5 on improving maternal health. Appallingly, the Tanzania Demographic Health Survey (TDHS) report of 2015/2016 indicates that the maternal mortality rate (MMR) has increased from 432 to 556.

To overcome these barriers, the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has established a four-year project worth 10.2 million (Canadian CAD) known as UzaziUzima in the six districts of Simiyu region namely; Bariadi DC, Bariadi TC, Busega, Itilima, Maswa and Meatu. The project will be implemented by Amref Canada

(Prime), Amref Tanzania, Marie Stopes and Deloitte (service partner) and will adopt WASH, Nutrition, RMNCAH components.

GOAL– Reduced maternal & newborn mortality & morbidity in five districts in Tanzania’s Simiyu Region

DONOR– Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Project

About GHSA Project

In  2015, Amref Health Africa was awarded a Cooperative Agreement No. U2GGH0001834 to implement a five-year (2015-2020) Global Health Security Partnership Engagement: Expanding Efforts and Strategies to Protect and Improve Public Health Globally, Center for Global Health project in Tanzania. Amref Health Africa is  implementing  the project in Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Kagera, Kigoma, Katavi and Mbeya. The main activity is  training of  CHWs in lay case definitions of epidemic‐prone disease and events for improved accurate and timely notification and reporting.

GOAL -Improved accurate and timely epidemic‐prone disease and events notification and reporting and to operationalization of One Health concept at national and international

DONOR – CDC- Centers for Disease Control and prevention (US Government)

PARTNERS – MOH, PATH-Tanzania, GHSA Facility based Surveillance in Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions

DREAMS-Keeping Girls in School Project -Shinyanga

Despite the well-known benefits of schooling for girls, those affected by unintended pregnancies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are often expelled from school or drop out due to stigma or logistical obstacles.In Tanzania, along with poor Sexual and Reproductive Health knowledge that contributes to early pregnancy and higher risk of HIV infection also there is no clear supportive environment for re-entry. This places young mothers at higher risk for HIV infection and other poor maternal and child health outcomes, and experience limited opportunities for economic independence. Therefore, the project will leverage the Re-entry Policy that defines procedures for young mothers to re-enroll in school. The project multi-level intervention targets a population of 320 adolescent girls i.e~ 8 pregnancy-related dropouts (ages 15-20) from 32 secondary school communities in Shinyanga and Msalala, Tanzania.

GOAL -Reduce HIV risk among adolescent girls by addressing both the causes and consequences of early pregnancy


Kijana Wa Leo ( Today’s Youth )  Project in Handeni-Tanga Region

About KWL  Project.

Kijana wa Leo project is a three year project that is being implemented in 12 wards in Handeni District- Tanga. The Project aims at improving sexual and reproductive health rights services and education for for young people aged 10 – 24 years and women of reproductive age between 15 – 49 years old.

GOAL– Improving access to, and utilisation of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services and education for youth and women of reproductive age in Handeni District, Tanzania

DONOR – Allen & Overy

Our Programmes

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH)  Programme

Amref Health Africa Tanzania key focus is centered on improving the health of women and children in the communities, while also engaging and involving men with aim of contributing to the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn, child and adolescent morbidity and mortality in the country. The key focus areas on RMNCAH portfolio are on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) and sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for young people and women of reproductive age. The projects focus on increasing number of skilled birth attendants, access to Reproductive Health (RH) services including  Antenatal, delivery and post natal care, as well as youth-friendly services to address or prevent early/unplanned pregnancies among young people including realization of their SRH Rights.

The RMNCH portfolio is one of  the largest programmes in Amref. The Projects under RMNCAH programme are in line with One-Plan II and other national health strategies and policies. The projects strengthen health system to deliver quality services such as capacity building to health care workers, renovation and construction of facilities as well as equipping them with Medical supplies and equipment. Amref also works towards improving water, hygiene and sanitation in the health facilities such as incinerators, placenta pits and ensure availability of running water in the maternity wards and theaters.

Other ongoing projects under RMNCAH progamme are: Female Genital Mutilation elimination project- “TOKOMEZA UKEKETAJI”  to address gender based violence among women, young adolescents and children in Serengeti district, Sexual and Reproductive Health for Youth “Afya Kwa Vijana” in Meatu district  that aims to improving  universal access to comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights  amongst youth aged 10-24.

Other projects are, ARP/WASH which addressing Female Genital Cutting and early marriage for girls and young women through alternative rite of passage (ARP) in Handeni and Kilindi districts. The project also focused on advocating for the policy change and law amendment related to child marriage. Lastly is UZAZI UZIMA and CAIA-MNCM projects aims at reducing  maternal & newborn mortality & morbidity in five districts in Geita and Simiyu Region.

Disease Control and Prevention (DCP) Programme

Disease Control and Prevention programme aims at ensuring quality implementation of community and individual-based interventions for primary and secondary prevention, to  minimize the burden of diseases and associated risk factors. The programme works with targeted communities to improve their health through changing the impact of social and economic determinants on health; the provision of information on behavioral and medical health risks, alongside consultation and measures to decrease them at the personal and community level; nutritional and food supplementation; oral and dental hygiene education; and clinical preventive and curative services. The diagnostic component of the programme ensures that partners have well-equipped laboratories managed by skilled health service providers that have the capacity to provide timely, reliable and accurate information for patient management and disease surveillance.

The DCP portfolio has the following ongoing  projects;  Promoting Safe Motherhood and Fistula Services through Strengthening Health System in Tanzania, Medical Specialist Outreach Program, Right Start Initiative – Weekly Iron and Folic Acid, Global Health Security Agenda(GHSA), Right Start-Maternal Newborn Health and Nutrition, Right Start-Infants and Young Children Nutrition, Sustaining the momentum and improving the gain for HIV and TB in Tanzania (Global Fund), Enhancement of Public, Private and Faith-Based Health Laboratory Capacity to Support HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment in the United Republic of Tanzania and Sensitization of HIV/AIDS, TB, STI and gender issues along road construction sites.

Water, Hygine and Sanitation (WASH) Programme

Amref’s focus in WASH is to ensure communities have adequate capacity to develop, operate and maintain their water sources as well as improve sanitation and hygiene practices in a sustainable way with a view to preventing and controlling water- and sanitation-related diseases, improving nutrition and livelihoods. In this process Amref facilitates the availability and installation of hardware, and focuses on society mechanisms that ensure hardware remains functional, with optimum use of the water available to ensure maximum health benefits. The aim being to increase access to safe and adequate water; increase access and use of appropriate sanitation facilities; promote safe hygiene practices at household level,  health facility level, public spaces in the communities etc, and in schools; contribute to control and prevention of endemic WASH-related diseases; and respond to selected WASH-related disease outbreaks in  areas of operation.

Some of ongoing projects under WASH programme are : Water, Sanitation and Hygiene “Usafi kwa  Afya”  project, which aims at scaling  up good practices to improved access to clean and safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices in Kisangura and Sedecco wards  in Serengeti District, Mara Region, RAIN project  to  Improve Water and Sanitation Services through Community Mobilization in Serengeti district,  Dar es Salaam School WASH Project  which aims at  Improving  school hygiene and sanitation , this initiative join hands with ongoing National School Sanitation Campaign that is directly implemented by the district under government support and Water of Life project  to facilitate the construction of  boreholes  that enable the target audience to access safe and enough water for domestic and other purposes.

 Capacity Building Programme

Amref Health Africa Tanzania through the capacity building program implement  a number of projects: MAFUNZO project, Stand Up for African Mothers (SU4AM), e-learning and JENGA UWEZO projects  to help develop competencies and skills of people needed to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of these projects.  All of these projects aim at enhancing skills while increasing the number of health care workers who contribute to addressing the shortage of human resources for health in the country. Amref health Africa’s efforts towards increasing the number of health care workers includes the annual fundraising events that mobilizes  individuals, companies and different institutions to contribute, sponsor or support  the Stand up for African Mothers  special projects which gives  a two-year scholarship  to nurse midwives students.

Our Reach


Our Promise

1. Improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Africa through better health.
2. Bridge gaps between communities, health systems and governments.
3. Be a leading force for advocacy for health system reforms in Africa.
4. Be a leader in the non-government organization community, developing and documenting best practices and training programmes.

Our Donors

We engage  Government, Development partners and Community  to increase sustainable health access in Africa. Amref Health Africa  in Tanzania acknowledge  the  valuable support  from; Amref Health Africa offices in Austria, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America and Germany, Bank M,  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Songosongo Gas (SONGAS) Ltd, The Coca Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), Allen & Overy, Big Lottery Fund, Castilla& Leone Council, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Department for International Development (DFID), Dutch Postcode Lottery, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), International Development Agency (Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Spain), Irish Aid, Junta Castilla de Leon, Madrid Regional Government-Spain, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UN Women (UN Trust Fund To End Violence Against Women) and  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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