Strengthening Tanzania’s Health System

Reporting Organization:Government of Tanzania - Ministry of Finance
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 47,000,000
Timeframe: April 1, 2010 - August 30, 2016
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Government of Tanzania - Ministry of Finance

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 47,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Primary Health Care (50 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (40 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (10 %)

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This project, in partnership with Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and local government authorities, is supporting the achievement of results of the Government of Tanzania’s third Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSPIII). HSSPIII emphasizes the delivery of essential health services at the district level; reforming and strengthening regional and national referral hospitals; improving central support systems (including infrastructure, health management information systems, drug supplies, transport, and communications and information technology); dealing more effectively with issues in human resources for health; improving the level, appropriateness and sustainability of health care financing; promoting public private partnership; implementing the national strategy for combating HIV/AIDS; and improving government and development partner relations to improve harmonization and alignment of external and Tanzanian resources in a more effective partnership. The implementation of HSSPIII is improving the management and delivery of primary health care services such as the prevention and treatment of common illnesses to improve child survival and maternal health. Canada is one of several donors supporting the Government of Tanzania’s basket/pooled fund for the health sector to improve service delivery and strengthen the health system overall. Since 2006, Canada has been working in close cooperation with other donors and the Government of Tanzania to focus on effective, transparent, and accountable country systems; increase donor coordination and harmonization; and strengthen mutual accountability. This support also fosters greater policy dialogue among donors, government, and partners, thus helping to strengthen efforts for effective, focussed aid, as well as long-term development results. This project is continuously monitored and evaluated in coordination with other donors. This project is part of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved at the end of the project include: (1) reduced child mortality by over two-thirds to 52 per 1,000 live births, which ranks Tanzania’s child mortality progress among the best in the region; (2) the percentage of births at health facilities increased from 46% in 2004-05 to 61% in 2012; (3) the ratio of nurse-midwives per population of 10,000 rose from 2.6 in 2004-05 to 5.05 in 2013-14; (4) malaria prevalence among children aged 6 months to five years dropped by half from 18.1% in 2008 to 9.5% in 2012; and (5) the number of health facilities increased from 6,214 in 2009 to 6,767 in 2013 which includes 256 hospitals, 701 health centres and 5,810 dispensaries. These results are contributing to improving the health, and reducing death, among mothers and their newborns.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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