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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

First Lady of Tanzania Visits EngenderHealth-Supported Clinic

In November 2009, the First Lady of Tanzania, Mama Salma Kikwete, visited Madaba Health Centre, a facility in the Ruvuma Region in southwestern Tanzania that is supported by EngenderHealth and that serves 50,000 people. The First Lady was there as part of a national campaign to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, and she spoke about the importance of avoiding early pregnancy, improving maternal health care, and openly discussing HIV and preventing its spread.

EngenderHealth, through a U.S. Agency for International Development–supported ACQUIRE Project Associate Award, is helping to equip facilities in the Ruvuma Region with obstetric wards and is improving the quality and use of family planning services by training health care staff, strengthening supervisors’ skills, and raising awareness in communities. Over the past year, more than 400 clients received long-acting or permanent methods of contraception at Madaba, and nearly 9,000 clients received these methods in the region overall. EngenderHealth, through funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), also trains health care professionals to provide counseling and testing for HIV and AIDS, other reproductive health services, and life-skills coaching to youth.

Last year, EngenderHealth assisted 38 facilities throughout Tanzania in improving the quality of their maternal health and family planning services.

Learn more about EngenderHealth’s work in Tanzania.

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