In Tanzania, FHI 360 builds the capacity of both national and local governments to deliver integrated health and social services that address the country’s most pressing human development challenges. Our country portfolio includes programs that bolster the delivery of HIV prevention, care and treatment services, assist with the integration of nutrition and livelihoods into HIV and home-care support for orphans and vulnerable children, improve family planning services and address issues such as reproductive health, school-related gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, nutrition and education for girls.
At the national level, FHI 360 partners with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to support systems strengthening, build capacity and develop national strategies, guidelines and tools for improving the delivery of public-sector programs. At the community level, FHI 360 works with civil society and private-sector partners to promote resource mobilization and the fiscal and programmatic accountability of community-based organizations and local government authorities.
FHI 360’s presence in Tanzania dates back to the late 1980s, when we focused on building the capacity of community-based organizations to provide HIV counseling, testing and education to underserved populations. Since 2004, FHI 360 has strengthened the country’s HIV efforts by working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to initiate the national HIV Care and Treatment Program and to strengthen home-based care and national programs for orphans and vulnerable children. FHI 360 has played a pivotal role in developing national training curricula, materials and tools and supported facilities and community-based organizations to implement care, treatment and support services.
FHI 360’s expanded portfolio in Tanzania also includes collaboration with the Tanzanian National Institute of Research aimed at strengthening the quality of research specific to family planning. FHI 360 also works closely with the Tanzanian HIV/AIDS Commission in addressing the policy and strategic issues related to HIV prevention in specific underserved populations, including commercial sex workers and other mobile populations, such as truckers and construction workers.
In Zanzibar, FHI 360’s Pamoja Tuwalee program is providing more than 7,000 orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers with comprehensive and sustainable care, support and protection to improve their quality of life and well-being. The program, which provides these services through direct support and referrals, works with two local implementing partners in all ten districts of Zanzibar.
Today, FHI 360 continues to build strong partnerships with the government, media and community organizations across Tanzania to support integrated solutions that improve the lives of the country’s underserved populations.