Plan International Tanzania’s health programme focuses on:
- maternal, newborn and child health
- adolescent sexual and reproductive health
- water, sanitation and hygiene
Much work is done on developing families’ and communities’ capacity to identify risks during pregnancy and take necessary measures for referral.
We are at the forefront of the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) schemes, which are useful in communicating behavioural change information. For example, pregnant women and their families have the opportunity to save money for transport to the nearest health facility in order to have access to medically-assisted births.
We partner with community health workers to provide training on vaccinations for children against measles and other diseases, as well as working with the community to organise Village Health Days accompanied by theatre groups. These are conducted in each village to increase awareness about health issues. Meanwhile, adolescents are connected to comprehensive information and training on sexual and reproductive issues, empowering them to make sensible life choices.