Top 10 Areas of Canadian Global Health Leadership in Tanzania

Did you know that Tanzania is one of the top countries for Canadian investment in global health? Currently, there are 25 projects being implemented by Canadian organizations or receiving Canadian investment and 11 CanWaCH members leading projects in Tanzania. Here are the top 10 areas of focus for global health projects in Tanzania: 

#1 Health Systems, Training and Infrastructure 

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Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s IMPACT project aims to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn health through a comprehensive health system strengthening approach. 

#2 Reproductive Health and Rights including Maternal Health 

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Midwives Save Lives led by Cuso International is increasing the skills and competencies of midwives, addressing low levels of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services at the community level.

#3 Law, Governance and Public Policy 

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Amref Health Africa in Canada is working with Ministry of Health officials to enhance governance, accountability and capacity to support quality reproductive, newborn, maternal and child health services.

#4 Primary Health Care 

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Mama na Mtoto led by the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine works with local governments, universities and communities to strengthen health systems, fortify health facilities and build community engagement by leveraging local knowledge and skills.

#5 Food Security and Nutrition 

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Nutrition International is working to improve the nutrition and health of people who need it most in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly adolescent girls, pregnant women, women of reproductive age, newborns and young children through the Better Nutrition for Better Lives for Women, Newborns, Children and Girls – Right Start project. 

#6 Newborn and Child Health 

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Together with local partners, Healthbridge is examining how poverty, social and gender barriers and living in rural areas contribute to delay in access to maternal and child health services through the IMCHA project.  

#7 Health Promotion and Education 

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund educated women, men and children on sexual reproductive health, proper nutrition and sanitation, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS and gender issues as a part of the Improving Community Health and Food Security project. 

#8 Adolescent Health 

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Femme International is working with local schools and community groups as a part of the Twaweza Program through a series of interactive workshops that aim to empower girls to be confident within their bodies and ensure that menstruation does not cause them to miss school. 

#9 WASH 

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Mothers and newborns in remote, rural and fragile communities are at greatest risk because they lack access to basic, life-saving health care and everyday infrastructure, such as clean water and sanitation, so important for healthy living. Amref Health Africa and partners are working to address these challenges through the Partnering to Create Better Health for Moms and Babies project. 

#10 Sexual Health and Rights 

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The Owning Their Reproductive Health Choices: Tanzanian Women and Girls Decide project is working to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve women and girls’ access to youth friendly, life-saving reproductive health services. 

The statistics presented in the blog post are based on data available in the CanWaCH Project Explorer which aims to capture the full spectrum of Canadian efforts in global health and gender equality. This includes initiatives funded by the Government of Canada and other funding sources. 


May 15, 2019