Tanzania – health profile

The people in Tanzania are among the poorest in our five program countries. Still, the country has made progress in reducing under-five mortality rates – from 165 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 49 today. But poverty and malnutrition are deeply related, and 1 in every 3 Tanzanian children today is stunted.

The Tanzanian government recently launched a major health program in rural regions to maintain past gains and address stubborn issues like stunting. Officials recognize that gender discrimination and cultural norms are barriers to women and girls accessing health services and nutritious diets. They also note that the capacity of rural health systems is critically limited.

Singida and Shinyanga Regions – 1000 Day Journey focus area

World Vision has experience supporting families in central Tanzania through a previous government grant. 1000 Day Journey will take the successes of that program to communities not yet reached in Singida and new communities in Shinyanga. The program will focus on training front-line health workers, distributing micronutrient powders, and the introductions of bio-fortified crops.

Cultural practices such as early marriage, gender-based violence and the devaluing of girls will be addressed. One approach to be used is Channels of Hope, a World Vision signature program that facilitates dialogue between women and men, leading to new knowledge and changed behavior in gender relations. The approach is often centered in local churches and mosques to maximize impact.