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A continuing high rate of population growth is hindering Tanzania's social and economic development. Like other sub-Saharan African countries, Tanzania needs additional investment to achieve more rapid improvement
In 2016 the national contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) stood at only 34.4%. That very same year the Government of Tanzania committed to increase the modern CPR to 45% by 2020.
What does this mean for the women of Tanzania? Each year one million women have an unintended pregnancy, of which 39% end in abortion. Due to a highly restrictive and ambiguous abortion law, the vast majority of these abortions are unsafe procedures, putting women's health and lives at risk.
Recognising unsafe abortion as a major cause of maternal death in the country, the Tanzanian government has expanded the availability of post-abortion care over the past decade. However, significant gaps still exist and most women do not receive the care they need.
Each year one million women have an unintended pregnancy, of which 39% end in abortion.
Marie Stopes Tanzania is the country’s largest specialised sexual and reproductive health and family planning organisation, established in 1989.
We deliver approximately 33% of contraception in Tanzania, and focus on reaching under-served women who are predominantly young, living in poverty, residing in hard-to-reach rural locations and urban slums - or a combination of all three.
We also support the government of Tanzania on development of various policies and guidelines related to family planning and reproductive health services. By using our expertise and research we are able to provide technical assistance to national health strategies, which affect the lives of millions of women in the country.
We deliver services through a range of channels, helping us to reach women in different settings:
Young people aged 25 and under account for 63% of the population in Tanzania. They face unique barriers when trying to receive information and access to contraception.
Delaying having children has profound health benefits and enables young women to set themselves up for the future by completing their education, who otherwise face expulsion from school if they fall pregnant.
We are continuously developing new ways to reach young people with information and services about sexual and reproductive health care:
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The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).Read more
Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.Read more
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Pope Francis has made a statement that, for the remainder of the Jubilee Year, all priests will be permitted to absolve women of "the sin of abortion" - if they repent with "a contrite heart".Read more
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