We work with the Government of Tanzania to support the training of health workers, programs that focus on increasing immunization rates, and assessing costs associated with private health care in the country.

Kate Holt/MCHIP

Tanzania’s economy is growing rapidly; It is also a young country with 44 percent of the population under the age of 157 and improving rates of maternal and child mortality.8 Despite this progress, many Tanzanians still live in poverty; this results in geographical and socioeconomic disparities in maternal and child death rates, largely due to inequities in access to and use of health services.9

MOMENTUM supports the Tanzanian government as they continue to work to improve the health of Tanzanians, particularly women and children. We support the Tanzania Ministry of Health in its work to train new providers on maternal, newborn, and child health, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health services and to reach every child with routine vaccinations. We are also conducting a study to compare the costs of care in the private sector, where many Tanzanians receive health products and services.

Learn more about our programs in East and Southern Africa

Capacity Building

Investing in a Skilled Health Workforce

MOMENTUM supports Tanzania’s Ministry of Health in helping health institutions train providers on technical skills before they enter the workforce. This training includes working with clinical tutors, instructors, and preceptors to strengthen training skills. In partnership with health training institutions, we help to integrate continuous quality improvement training into their courses, invest in strengthening their trainees’ clinical skills, and develop systems to track program graduates. We also work with local resource centers to build capacity to provide continuing education for health workers.

Kate Holt/MCHIP
Routine Immunization

Reaching Every Child with Routine Immunizations

In the regions of Tanzania where routine immunization rates are lowest, MOMENTUM supports local efforts to improve immunization rates, especially for children who have not received even a single dose of the basic vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. This support includes helping local governments plan and implement the Reaching Every District/Reaching Every Child10 approach, designed by the World Health Organization to improve immunization services in areas with low coverage. We partner with local implementers using a human-centered design approach to tailor interventions to their contexts. We also help these implementers use data to manage and adapt their programs to improve routine immunization access and uptake in hard-to-reach communities.

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Private Health Care Sector

Understanding the Cost of Private and Public Health Care

In Tanzania and many low-income countries, the private sector is an important source of health care.11 However, little is known about the cost of private health care delivery in the country, making it difficult for decision-makers to effectively allocate resources within the health system. MOMENTUM is conducting a study comparing family planning service costs in the private and public sectors so that publicly funded health programs can decide how to include private providers.

Sala Lewis/Verve/USAID Tanzania
About the MOMENTUM Projects Working in Tanzania

MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership works with the government of Tanzania to train new health workers on maternal, newborn, and child health, family planning, and reproductive health care skills and increase routine immunization in areas of low coverage.

MOMENTUM Private Healthcare Delivery is conducting a study of Tanzania’s public, private for-profit, and private nonprofit health sectors to assess the costs of key family planning services among public and private providers.


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  3. Kaneda, Toshiko, Charlotte Greenbaum, and Carl Haub. 2021 World Population Data Sheet.
  4. Roser, Max and Hannah Ritchie. “Maternal Mortality.” 2017. https://ourworldindata.org/maternal-mortality
  5. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 2017. “Country Profiles: United Republic of Tanzania.” 2017. https://data.unicef.org/country/tza.
  6. Countdown to 2030. Countdown Country Dashboard: Tanzania.
  7. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects 2019, Online Edition. Rev. 1. https://population.un.org/wpp/
  8. United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Countdown to 2030: Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health. 2020. https://www.countdown2030.org
  9. UNICEF Tanzania. “Maternal and child health.” 2020. https://www.unicef.org/tanzania/what-we-do/health
  10.  WHO Africa. Reaching Every District (RED): A Guide to Increasing Coverage and Equity in All Communities in the African Region. 2017.
  11. SHOPS Plus. “Tanzania.” 2020. https://www.shopsplusproject.org/where-we-work/africa/tanzania

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