Human Development Index
154 out of 189
People Helped in 2019: 217,129
Undernutrition remains a major public health issue in Tanzania. In 2019, food insecurity in Tanzania was driven primarily by a prolonged dry spell, armyworm infestations, and erratic rainfall. About 25% of districts had vulnerable food insecurity pockets in 2019, compared to 5% in 2018. Nearly one million people in 16 districts, were estimated to be experiencing severe food insecurity.
More than 500,000 children across Tanzania suffer from acute malnutrition, of which more than 91,000 are severely wasted. This high burden, coupled with high anaemia (39.6%) and stunting rates (32%), predispose children under five to poor nutrition and health.
Before our program began, treatment was not available to malnourished children in the Mpwapwa District. Our teams increased availability and access to treatment and support for acutely malnourished children in previously hard-to-reach areas. By the end of 2019, we had supported 58 health centers to expand treatment services, and 741 children were treated for acute malnutrition.
In 2019, we strengthened health system capacity by training 153 health workers in acute malnutrition treatment and providing basic supplies and equipment. Our teams also trained 1,629 parents and caregivers to prevent and identify malnutrition at home through the Family MUAC approach. We supported food security and nutrition at the household level through activities that included kitchen gardening and cooking demonstrations.
More than 200 trained community health workers conducted events to promote nutrition and hygiene, reaching 216,235 community members. We also launched a new project in the Singida region, which uses social behavior change communication to increase the use of maternal child health services by young mothers and children under five years old.
Through our advocacy efforts, integrated management of acute malnutrition is now a key issue to be addressed and funded by all levels of Government. We continue to engage with nutrition champions to influence budget processes in key sectors like agriculture and health.