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Marie Stopes Tanzania
Plot No. 421/422
Mwenge - Kijitonyama area
P.O. Box 7072
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
(+255) 222 774 9914

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Marie Stopes Tanzania

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.

What we do in Tanzania

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.

How we reach our clients

We deliver services through a range of channels, helping us to reach women in different settings:

  • 35 mobile outreach teams serve clients in remote rural areas in every region of Tanzania.
     
  • 13 Bajaji mobile outreach teams – nurses in auto-rickshaws – deliver sexual and reproductive health services  to the young, migrant clients in peri-urban and urban slum areas.

  • A network of 11 clinics situated in urban areas act as centres of excellence and training centres, but also offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health and family planning services.

  • We provide the necessary equipment and training for contraception, post-abortion care and gender based violence to staff in public health facilities, which helps to ensure continuity of services in the public sector and that women can access high-quality services. By 2019 we expect to train 700 public and private service providers in contraception and post-abortion care, and 450 service providers on how to provide medical care to gender based violence survivors.

  • Their Facebook page - 'Chagua Maisha – Good Life'.

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Reaching young people

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:

  • The ‘Chagua Maisha – Good Life’ campaign is redefining the concept of contraception in the country; from being something used to ‘plan one’s family’ to being a tool for young people to use in order to get their lives and their careers off to the best possible start.
     
  • Linking our youth-friendly services with community based organisations in the districts with high teenage pregnancy rates.
     
  • Delivering contraception services to higher learning and public facilities in peri-urban and urban areas using auto-rickshaws.
     
  • Continue exploring cost barriers and new ways to refer young people to service delivery points free of charge.

  • Two-day outreach model where outreach teams spend an extra day at each site in order to offer a day specifically designated for young clients. This not only enables an entire day for youth-focused demand generation activities, but also means that young people know there is a date when they can come for voluntary contraception services without being conspicuous to neighbours and relatives from older generations.

Our impact in Tanzania

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Thursday 19 May 2016

Solutions to tackling unsafe abortion

Over 150 people came together at Women Deliver 2016 to hear an expert panel share their practical experiences and solutions from their work tackling unsafe abortion.

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Thursday 02 March 2017

Government of Canada pledges $4m to Marie Stopes

Canada has pledged $4 million funding to Marie Stopes International during the She Decides International Conference in Brussels.

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Monday 23 January 2017

Re-enactment of the Mexico City Policy

Marie Stopes International warns that women in developing countries will pay the price for the Mexico City Policy with thousands more maternal deaths every year.

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Friday 03 March 2017

Governments step up for reproductive rights

Governments and philanthropists pledged €181 million for family planning at the She Decides conference, following the US administration’s decision to re-impose the Mexico City Policy.

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Tuesday 21 February 2017

She Decides: A glimmer of hope for women and girls

In response to Mexico City Policy the Dutch government launches She Decides, a global fund designed to minimise the loss of USAID funding on reproductive health initiatives in developing countries.

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Tuesday 22 September 2015

Afghan MPs discuss sexual and reproductive health

Marie Stopes International co-ordinated a visit to Sweden and Finland from an Afghanistan parliamentary delegation.

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Thursday 20 August 2015

MSI Senegal hosts African and European MPs

Marie Stopes International Senegal demonstrated its impact to a delegation of African and European Members of Parliament this week.

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Friday 25 September 2015

World Contraception Day 2015

As we prepare to mark World Contraception Day on 26 September 2015, we’re urging action to ensure young people know their contraceptive options.

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Friday 01 July 2016

Reconfirming our FP2020 pledge

Following the FP2020 Reference Group meeting this week, Marie Stopes International is today reconfirming its pledge to provide 12 million additional users with a long-term method of contraception.

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Thursday 12 May 2016

MSI statement on Guttmacher / WHO study

The Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have released a new study comparing global abortion rates between 1990 and 2014.

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Friday 20 November 2015

COMMENT: What does it mean to tell a story?

In 2015, with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marie Stopes International-US worked with teams and clients to gather stories that would engage and inspire.

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Tuesday 08 December 2015

We join the first Summit on Ending Child Marriage

The First African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage in Africa took place on 26-27 November, hosted by the Zambian Government in Lusaka.

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Monday 20 February 2017

30 years of family planning in Malawi

2017 marks 30 years since Marie Stopes International started its programme in Malawi - Banja La Mtsogolo - providing services to refugees fleeing the armed conflict in neighbouring Mozambique.

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Friday 18 November 2016

World Vasectomy Day: challenging misconceptions

Vasectomy is simple, safe and cost-effective, but misconceptions and cultural barriers mean uptake is still extremely low. World Vasectomy Day is hoping to change that.

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Wednesday 05 April 2017

Media statement on US withdrawing funding to UNFPA

The United States has announced it is withdrawing funding, totalling more than $30 million, for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Wednesday 14 September 2016

Team members recognised as family planning leaders

Four Marie Stopes International team members have been recognised for their work championing family planning, in the 120 Under 40 awards.

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Friday 30 October 2015

Marie Stopes International at ICFP

Marie Stopes International will be taking part in the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Indonesia, 9-12 November 2015.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

MSI joins Financing for Development Conference

Key players in funding for development gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the third International Conference on Financing for Development.

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Monday 31 October 2016

Marie Stopes International celebrates 40 years

This week, Marie Stopes International marks 40 Years of providing women all over the world with the services they need to have children by choice, not chance.

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Tuesday 08 March 2016

What happens when women can't access contraception

Today (Tuesday 8th March) is International Women’s Day - an annual event that celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness of the barriers to gender equality.

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Thursday 12 November 2015

290m of poorest women using modern contraception

A new report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released Thursday 12th November shows an unprecedented number of the world's poorest women and girls - 290.6 million.

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Wednesday 24 June 2015

Celebrating reaching our 100 millionth client

This year, somewhere in the world, we will reach our 100 millionth client. Every one of our 100 million clients has a different story. Women like Agathe Dao from Mali.

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

Pope to temporarily allow forgiveness for abortion

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".

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Monday 14 September 2015

Polish anti-abortion bill rejected

On Friday 11 September, a draft bill attempting to ban access to legal abortion in all cases was rejected by the Polish Parliament.

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Thursday 06 August 2015

MSI expertise critical to ending maternal deaths

In West Africa the number of women using a modern contraceptive method can be as low as one in 10, the average number of children is five and maternal and infant mortality rates are amongst the worst.

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Thursday 10 December 2015

MSI appoints new VP for International Operations

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Marjorie Newman Williams to the organisation’s Executive Team.

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Wednesday 01 July 2015

UK Minister sees impact of family planning

Last week, our team in Malawi welcomed the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps, to a Banja la Mtsogolo (BLM) centre in Lilongwe.

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

New WHO guideline could reduce abortion death toll

On Wednesday 29 July the World Health Organisation (WHO) released some of its most ground-breaking guidance yet in the field of safe abortion.

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Monday 30 November 2015

MSI comments on Northern Ireland abortion law

The Belfast High Court has ruled that Northern Ireland's current abortion legislation is "incompatible with human rights".

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Wednesday 02 September 2015

MSI comment on Pope Francis statement on abortion

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".

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Friday 19 June 2015

Appointment of Megan Elliott

Marie Stopes International (MSI) today announces the appointment of Megan Elliott as Vice President, Strategy and Development.

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Wednesday 17 June 2015

Marie Stopes Ladies praised during visit to Niger

At the end of April 2015, our programmes in Senegal and Niger hosted visits from donors and other key stakeholders of the Ouagadougou Partnership.

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Friday 20 November 2015

UK Parliamentarians visit Sri Lanka clinic

This month the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) for Population, Development and Reproductive Health visited our programme in Sri Lanka, Population Services Lanka (PSL).

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Thursday 15 October 2015

90th anniversary of first family planning clinic

We're celebrating the 90th anniversary of Marie Stopes House - Marie Stopes’ first clinic in central London and one of the first ever family planning services in Europe.

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Friday 25 September 2015

UK women able to self-inject contraceptive at home

Pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has announced that the UK's first self-injectable contraceptive for women is now available for use at home.

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Monday 05 October 2015

Ratnapura clinic in Sri Lanka re-opens

The Marie Stopes programme in Sri Lanka has re-opened a clinic in the city of Ratnapura, two years after sustained attacks by religious groups forced it to close its doors.

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Thursday 24 September 2015

MSI comment on self-injectable contraceptive to UK

Drug company Pfizer has announced it will launch its Sayana Press self-injectable contraceptive for women in the UK to use at home.

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Monday 29 February 2016

Scottish Secretary of State Visits Malawi Clinic

Scottish Secretary of State, David Mundell has commended the collaborative partnership between the Department for International Development (DFID) and Marie Stopes Malawi.

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Women take charge of their reproductive lives

In this blog, Sandra Jordan from USAID and Faustina Fynn-Nyame from Marie Stopes International discuss how contraception empowers women in Ghana, Kenya and beyond.

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Sunday 05 March 2017

Media statement: Daily Mail report of Marie Stopes

“We do not agree with the conclusions this journalist has reached, which give a seriously misleading view of how our services operate"

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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Marie Stopes UK statement: CQC inspection report

Media statement about the Care Quality Commission inspection reports on Marie Stopes UK.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Dina Appiah

Without Marie Stopes I don’t know where I would be, maybe I’d be dead.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Afride Lyatuu – Marie Stopes Tanzania nurse

My job is good. It makes me happy. I like to be out here helping women and saving lives.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Willy Olomi – Marie Stopes Tanzania driver

I love my job because I have learned so many things that I didn’t know before.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Naomi Mwansa – young client

I was scared to go to prison. I was worried about the number of years I would spend there. I was really scared.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Elizabeth Pappoe – Marie Stopes Ghana team member

I enjoy maternal and reproductive health a lot, as women are special.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Scola Daffi Akonaay – outreach client

I didn’t know about the clinic before today. I came here for my baby to be vaccinated and saw that they were offering family planning services.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Lizzie Banda – Marie Stopes Zambia nurse

I have to work, for the people. That’s why I chose this career. I’m proud to work for my Zambian people.

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Friday 20 January 2017

Kudzai’s story

Kudzai Mujuru has always dreamed of becoming a nurse. When she fell pregnant aged 17, she was forced to put those dreams on hold.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Mary Kaifineh

I became a nurse because I strongly believe that it is one of the most significant ways of serving humanity.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Chum Dam – vasectomy client

It's time for me to take responsibility.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Gifty Danwah – Market porter and client

I hadn’t used contraception before Marie Stopes. I said to myself this will change my life, and it has.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Paulina Marko Dahai – outreach client

My daughters must study. Education is the most important thing. I want them to go further than I did – this is my dream.

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Monday 12 September 2016

Philomena – young client

I want to learn how to sew clothes so I can make money and take care of my children. Having the implant will give me time to learn.

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Wednesday 08 March 2017

No woman left behind

Photos capture the lives and realities of the women we serve.

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Thursday 23 February 2017

Pop-up clinics in India

Our outreach teams in India are expanding access to long-term contraception, and helping women plan their families and futures, by setting up temporary clinics.

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