MSI contraceptive users in 2013
Unintended pregnancies averted
Unsafe abortions averted* in 2013
What we do in Tanzania
Marie Stopes Tanzania is celebrating 25 years in Tanzania since its inception in 1989. We provide a range of integrated sexual and reproductive health services, including: family planning, health screening, maternal health, post abortion care, cervical cancer screening and primary healthcare.
MST provides approximately 30% of the modern method contraceptives used by women in Tanzania, and approximately 70% of the long acting and permanent (LAPM) methods. Our focus is predominantly in hard to reach rural locations and urban slums, with services provided by our clinical outreach teams.
How we deliver services
MST operates delivery channels that specialise in serving clients in different settings:
- More than 30 mobile outreach teams serve clients in remote rural areas in every region of Tanzania.
- A growing team of bajaj nurses – nurses on auto-rickshaws – deliver sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in peri-urban and urban slum areas.
- A network of 11 clinics situated in urban areas which act as centres of excellence and as training centres offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health and family planning services, with three of these clinics also providing comprehensive obstetric care facilities.
In addition to these service delivery channels, MST's major operations include the following:
Reaching young people
54% of Tanzania’s population is under the age of 20 and MST is developing new and exciting ways of reaching young people with information and services about sexual and reproductive health care. MST’s ‘Chagua Maisha – Good Life’ campaign is redefining contraception in Tanzania from being something used to ‘plan one’s family’ to being a tool young people can use to get their lives and their careers off to the best possible start without unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. The campaign has already attracted a range of celebrities and youth ambassadors to champion the cause and has one of the largest social media followings in Tanzania.
Addressing Gender Based Violence (GBV)
MST is responding to the need to address high levels of GBV in Tanzania and has developed a partnership with the National Police Force supported by USAID. Through this project MST is supporting the police to develop an efficient and caring response to GBV survivors and to integrate the judicial process with access to SRH services. MST also supported the Government of Tanzania to develop the National Management Guidelines for the Health Sector Response to and Prevention of GBV. The guidelines provide a clear framework for the medical management of survivors of GBV including strengthening referral linkages for health and other essential services.
MST is proud to implement the Cervical Cancer Screening and Preventative Therapy project via the Reproductive Health Network programme (CCS&PT) with generous financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The programme covers all regions of Tanzania and over the life of the three year project, MST will provide nearly 68,000 visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) method screening services and 7,000 cryotherapies. Outreach teams integrate screening with family planning and HIV/AIDS counselling and services with referral, while clinic centres combine screenings with cryotherapy, making MST the sole provider of CCS&PT in Zanzibar, and with an even wider range of integrated service offers.
*Note: estimate based on our Impact 2 model.