People Helped in 2019: 14,205
Undernutrition remains a major public health issue in Tanzania. Nationally, 3.3 million children are chronically malnourished and 450,000 children are acutely malnourished - of these cases, 0.9 percent are severe. 58 percent of children and 45 percent of women are anemic.
The main drivers of malnutrition include suboptimal care and feeding practices and poor water and sanitation services and facilities. There is a shortage of healthcare workers who are skilled in nutrition. Supplies needed to detect and treat malnutrition run out frequently, and health services are often inaccessible to communities in need.
In 2018, Action Against Hunger began implementing projects in Mpwapwa District within Dodoma Region to support the scale-up of Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition. We trained 49 health care providers and 180 community health workers, helping improve management of acute malnutrition in communities and health centers. We provided technical support to 41 health facilities, screened more than 10,000 children for malnutrition, and treated 593 children with severe acute malnutrition.
Action Against Hunger is actively engaged in relevant coordination and advocacy forums. Our advocacy efforts helped to improve the availability of lifesaving therapeutic products in Mpwapwa District. To meet district needs, we have constructed a new therapeutic feeding facility that will improve case management and treatment of severely malnourished children with medical complications.