In 2022 Doctors with Africa CUAMM’s activities in Tanzania continued to be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, which the country’s already weak health facilities were unprepared to handle.
Doctors with Africa CUAMM supported the health system by providing medical supplies, drugs and personal protective equipment and making its personnel available to treat the sick. Our organization lent support to the 5 regions where we are active – Iringa, Njombe, Simiyu, Shinyanga and Dodoma – with their COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, assisting with logistics, vaccine distribution and immunization in villages and helping to raise community awareness about the virus. We also continued our intervention in the area of maternal and child health, facilitating access to health services, including obstetric emergency services, to those in need to ensure greater service coverage, equity and quality. Support was provided to peripheral health facilities through the training of health workers, supervision and the supply of drugs. In addition, CUAMM worked to combat acute and chronic malnutrition, supporting Tanzania’s national program with educational activities to promote the exclusive breastfeeding of newborns for the first 6 months of life, weaning and proper infant feeding. Integrated with water and agriculture-related initiatives conducted in partnership with other NGOs to help improve the nutritional conditions of both mothers and children, the interventions sought to improve the quality of the services delivered by nutritional units by providing health personnel training, supervision and nutritional supplements critical for the treatment of malnourished individuals. To help foster children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, CUAMM integrated these activities with others aimed at promoting early child development.
Our HIV prevention and treatment efforts in Tanzania continued in 2022.
The program that implemented the test-and-treat strategy in the Shinyanga and Simiyu Regions with the aim of expanding the number of individuals tested for the virus, reducing HIV-related stigma, and launching a model of decentralized treatment (CLUBs) for stable HIV-positive individuals drew to an end, but our HIV work continued in the Shinyanga Region, with a special focus on adolescents and young adults.
A key goal for CUAMM is to bolster efforts to prevent and treat chronic diseases at the national level. Our integrated project for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and hypertension in the Iringa DC District and at the Tosamaganga Hospital proceeded in 2022, with the hospital acting as the district’s referral facility for the diagnosis and care of chronic patients and peripheral facilities supporting treatment and follow-up.
OUR HISTORY IN TANZANIA
Health system strengthening begun in Iringa Region.
Inauguration of hospital in Iringa.
Launch of “Mothers and Children First” program to ensure access to safe deliveries and care for newborns in four African countries.
Project for treatment of child malnutrition launched in Iringa and Njombe Regions.
Launch of second phase of “Mothers and Children First: The First 1,000 Days” (the period from conception through a baby’s 2nd birthday), with a focus on nutrition.
Italy’s Prime Minister awards CUAMM best partner in the field of nutrition.
CUAMM active in Tanzania for 50 years.
CUAMM becomes member of technical working groups on nutrition, maternal and child health, early development, chronic noncommunicable diseases and HIV.
Test and Treat program for HIV prevention and treatment in Simiyu and Shinyanga Regions concluded; intervention focused on chronic diseases strengthened.
Launch of the third phase of the “Mothers and Children First” program: “People and Skills”.