Human Development Index
154 out of 189
People Helped in 2020: 561,592
Childhood undernutrition is a public health concern in Tanzania. An estimated 40% of children are chronically malnourished and more than 440,000 children suffer from wasting. Despite national efforts, the burden remains high and unequally distributed across the country. Although Tanzania is largely food secure, it is estimated that up to 2.1 million people will need food assistance because of the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, Action Against Hunger expanded its geographical coverage into Singida and three new districts in Tanzania. Our teams provided anthropometric equipment, including 120 height boards, 60 baby-weighing scales and 60 mother-child weighing scales, to 101 health facilities. We treated 263 acutely malnourished children, and provided nutrition, health, and hygiene education to 5,566 adolescent pregnant women and caregivers of children under five. In addition, Action Against Hunger invested in building local capacity by training and equipping 60 health workers and 120 community health workers with the tools and knowledge to provide nutrition education, counselling, and treatment.
Last year, we launched our first food security and livelihoods project in Mpwapwa, supporting 1,800 smallholder farmers with training on climate-smart agriculture, post-harvest management, and food perseveration.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we adapted our programs and promoted the Family MUAC approach, which teaches parents how to detect malnutrition in their children at home. We also educated community members on pandemic prevention measures. To prevent hunger, made worse by the economic impacts of COVID-19, we provided seed vouchers to 1,040 families with children at risk of malnutrition.