History & Mission
Since 2004, WRA Tanzania’s advocacy has ignited a collaborative movement to save the lives of women and newborns in Tanzania. They are activating a people-led movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights through educating and empowering citizens about their health and rights and demanding for accountability.
HOW WE ACHIEVE CHANGE
WRA Tanzania’s new Strategic Plan 2019–2022 will increase access for all women and newborns to quality maternal and newborn health services before, during and after childbirth.
CURRENT CAMPAIGNS AND PROGRAMS
For sixteen years, WRA Tanzania has grown by mobilizing citizens to advocate for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health outcomes while demanding accountability for commitments made by decision-makers.
WRA Tanzania is continually advocating to advance respectful maternity care in Tanzania, working to expand the institutionalization of the Government’s Client-Provider Service Charter. As of March 2020, 328 health facilities in 16 districts across 4 regions had publicly displayed the charter.
WRA Tanzania is working to enhance the capacity of women and girls, men and boys, and health workers at community and health facilities to prevent and respond to violence against women. Utilizing national guidelines on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) the Respectful Maternity Care Charter, they are training citizens and community health workers to recognize, respond, prevent and report incidences of violence against women and girls.
WRA Tanzania is calling for commitments from policy and decision-makers and demanding citizen’s voices be heard and acted upon. In 2019, they launched the What Women Want Campaign results at the Parliament with Parliamentarian Group for Safe Motherhood, including the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.
In Sumbawanga District, Rukwa Region, the Council Health Management Team (CHMT) established a budget line item for family planning (FP), allocating 1.51% of the 2020/2021 health budget to FP. Thanks to WRA Tanzania’s advocacy, FP will remain as a line item in the local government’s budget in years to come. Learn more in a new report.
As part of the global What Women Want campaign, WRA Tanzania and more than 200 partners mobilized 111,901 responses from women and girls in over 10 districts across Tanzania. The top demands: quality medicines and supplies, respectful and dignified care, and improved maternal and reproductive health services.
As a strategy to prevent maternal deaths in Kagera region, WRA Tanzania enhanced the capacity of communities recognize, respond, prevent and report Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). As a result, 176 women who experienced VAWG reported to the health facility for treatment as well as to law enforcement, leading to the 30-year imprisonment of 3 abusers.
WRA Tanzania built the capacity of district authorities in Kigoma, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Simiyu to ensure respectful care, youth-friendly services, and an increase in male engagement. As a result of these advocacy efforts, 80 health facilities adopted the government’s Client – Provider Service Charter as a billboard for public information on their rights and responsibilities, and more than 1,500 women were accompanied by their male spouses while attending maternity services.
WRA Tanzania News
WHAT WOMEN WANT: The launch of the What Women Want campaign in Tanzania, analyzing all of the responses shared by women regarding what they want for reproductive and maternal health care. Tanzania is able to take the results to stakeholders in order to keep them accountable for meeting the needs of women around Tanzania.
WHAT WOMEN WANT DEMANDS: A woman in Tanzania shares her demand for What Women Want for their reproductive and maternal health care. Tanzania gathered the input of hundreds of women around the country.
MARCHING TO END VIOLENCE: WRA Tanzania Marches for the stop of violence against women and girls and reduce death in childbirth as a part of their safe motherhood efforts.
CITIZENS’ VOICES MATTER: One of the citizens giving out her views during a recent citizens hearing in Ludala Village. The hearing involved more than 450 citizens, a ward executive officer, 1 parliament member from Dodoma region, a municipal reproductive and child health coordinator, and a regional medical officer who was represented by regional health secretary.
AT UHURU PEAK: "Vifo vitokanavyo na uzazi havivumiliki. WAJIBIKA" - "Zero Tolerance to Maternal Deaths. BE ACCOUNTABLE." A message to all, on Uhuru peak. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Thank you to our partners
WRA Tanzania has many member organizations working at the national and global levels, including (in alphabetical order): African Medical and Research Foundation; Africare; Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians; Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation; Care International; Chama cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania; Childbirth Survival International; Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania; Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; EngenderHealth; ITV Tanzania; Jhpiego; Marie Stopes International; Medical Women Association of Tanzania; Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; Parliamentary Group For Safe Motherhood; Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania; Pathfinder International; Plan International; PSI; Radio One Tanzania; Save The Children; Tanzania Gender Networking Programme; Tanzania Midwives Association; Thamini Uhai; UNICEF, UNFPA; WAMA Foundation; World Health Organization; World Vision