Reproductive health information and services are fundamental to health, well-being and opportunities for women and young people, women and youth do not have access to quality reproductive health care. Gender inequity, societal norms, culture wars and the priorities of policy-makers all contribute to these health disparities. There are now more young people than ever before in Tanzania, they do not have access to the sexual and reproductive health information and services they need and want. To improve their wellbeing on all fronts—social, economic, psychological, health—they will need reproductive health care along with opportunities such as education and employment. Our ability as a community to meet the reproductive health needs of our women and youth will impact the course of their lives.
[ii]In demographic terms, Tanzania, like other [iii]ESA countries, is experiencing a major youth bulge (47% of the population is less than 15 years of age), which has important implications for education, health and development. Adolescents and young people will drive the development of the nation in the coming decades and beyond.
Despite significant progress on the area of basic education and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services (including HIV/AIDS) in Tanzania, adolescents and young people – especially young women – are confronted by a wide range of challenges. [iv]The poor status of comprehensive sexuality education and SRH services which is friendly is evidenced by high rates of teenage pregnancies in the country. By age 17, 20% of young women have started childbearing, which jumps to 40% by age 18. [v]Early pregnancy contributes to school dropout and poses a serious threat to the health of adolescent girls, including greater risk of maternal and neonatal mortality. An average of 6,000 girls drop out from school each year due to pregnancy (16 per day), which is likely an underestimate, because not all pregnancy-related dropouts are reported.
The Salama Foundation’s in this program area contribute their efforts to expand access to and improve the quality of essential services, including comprehensive sexuality education and information, Friendly sexual and reproductive health. We focus our efforts in Tanzania. In each region, we contribute to strengthen service delivery, build leadership and advocacy capacity, outreach program, extra-curriculum activities in school and out of school and
The Change We Seek
The Population and Reproductive Health program seeks to promote women’s and young people reproductive health and rights and to stabilize population growth. The health and well-being of women, youth and their families improves when they have access to reproductive health information and services
Focused on improving quality of and access to comprehensive sexuality education, and adolescent friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
Expand access to comprehensive sexuality education in schools and communities and improve access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in the public and private sector;
Joining young people movement to contribute in reproductive health via social economic empowerment
Build movements to advance political and financial supportfor family planning and reproductive health.
Policy discussion on young people’s rights especially to girls and survivor of Gender based violence