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Tanzania Technical Consultation on the Way Forward for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

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In April 2007, the Tanzania Partnership, hosted a technical consultation, led by the Tanzania Ministry of Health and co-facilitated with the Global Partnership Country Support Working Group. During this two-day meeting, over forty participants debated steps to be taken in order to: produce a single MNCH plan for Tanzania, increase focus on child interventions, improve the monitoring and evaluation system and operationalise the plan of action while taking into consideration effective implementation at district level. Click here for a summary of the technical consultation.

Over forty partners were present at the Tanzania Technical Conference. This is an indication of the number of implicated parties in Tanzania. The advances in MNCH that have occurred thus far are the result of programmes and initiatives conducted by UN organisations, NGOs, the government and health professional communities.

Some specific examples of action:

  • The Tanzania UNICEF country office works in line with the Global Campaign on Children and AIDS to shed spotlight on the impact of HIV/AIDS on children. It also conducts evidence based programmes in the area of malaria, and child survival with a focus on pneumonia, diarrhoea, malnutrition and water and sanitation.
  • Another partner, Save the Children in Tanzania, focuses on interventions in education, healthcare and food security. Its strategy is based on close collaboration with the communities.
  • Family Care International has launched the Skilled Care Initiative in Tanzania. This programme aims to ensure that high quality skilled care is available to pregnant women. This project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Engender Health in Tanzania focuses on family planning and PMTCT. They also respond to needs through counselling and outreach programmes among others. These and other actors are foundation of the partnerships.

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