ADDRESSING STUNTING IN TANZANIA EARLY (ASTUTE) “MTOTO MWEREVU PROJECT” 2017-2019
Child stunting (where children’s height is significantly less than the average for their age) is linked to 45% of under-five deaths and (because it parallels poor brain development) leads to long-term cognitive deficits, fewer years and poorer performance in school, lower adult economic productivity, and a higher risk of growth retardation in future generations.
Tanzania has the third highest rate of stunting in Africa: 34% of the 6.6 million children under five are permanently stunted by the age of five (source: Tanzania DHS Survey 2015). This high rate is caused by a combination of poor dietary diversity and low meal frequency, inadequate maternal nutrition, insufficient birth spacing, low rates of exclusive breastfeeding, poor sanitation and hygiene, and insufficient crop management and agriculture. These practices are shaped by culture, knowledge and practices and are underpinned by a lack of equality between men and women within the household.
TAYONEHO implements astute project in Geita Region to reduce the prevalence of stunting (low height for age) and improve early childhood development among Tanzanian children aged less than 5 years, with focus on the first 1000 days of life from conception.
The Astute objectives includes:-
- Strengthening multi-sectoral response to nutrition;
- Enhancing optimal care practices for maternal, infant and young children nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; and early childhood development
- Increasing the knowledge of pregnant women, caregivers, households and community decision makers.
ASTUTE also coordinates and strengthens multi-sectoral teams through technical working groups for nutrition, annual planning, quarterly support visits, training. It also informs policy through lessons learned and operations research.
RESULTS BASED FINANCING (RBF) FOR HEALTH 2016-2020
Results Based Financing is a system strengthening approach that introduces checks and balances along the service delivery chain, encouraging better governance, transparence and enhanced accountability. It achieves this by linking payments directly to performance.
Contrary to traditional input funding, service providers (such as hospitals) receive their payment on the basis of agreed indicators and verified output. A detailed monitoring and evaluation system is set up to track and award performance.
Money is paid directly to the institutions on the basis of their actual output and performance. They are autonomous in how they spend the funds in order to achieve their own aims.
TAYONEHO through ministry of health, community development, gender, elderly and children (MOHCDGEC) in partnership with Mwanza Regional Medical Officer’s Office participates in monitoring and conducting mid-term reviews and system verification to all health facilities in Mwanza Region.
OKOA MAMA NA MTOTO PROJECT 2017-2020
TAYONEHO is implementing Okoa Mama na Mtoto project, aims to contribute to the reduction of maternal, child and newborn deaths in Lake Zone regions of Tanzania through strengthening systems for health service delivery and increasing demand for health services from community to regional levels.
The activities includes:-
- Provision of technical assistance to and capacity building for regional and local level health management teams and health service providers on improved planning and delivery of health services.
- Training health providers and community health workers (CHW) on delivering culturally- appropriate health services that meet international quality standards.
- Equipping and supplying health facilities with the essentials they need to deliver key MNCH services.
- Working with community leaders and local committees to improve health-seeking behavior around MNCH, including promotion of male involvement.
ELIMU BORA PROJECT 2017-2020
Improving Access to Quality Primary and Pre-Primary Education (Elimu Bora Project).
A Child Sponsorship funded project initiated for the purpose of improving access to quality primary and pre-primary Education through capacity building.
Elimu Bora project is implemented in Geita and Mwanza regions.
The targeted groups:-
- Pre-primary and lower primary school teachers
- Children, community leaders, parents and school authorities
- School Management committees (SMC)
- Parents Teachers Partnership (PTP)
- Local leaders, partner CBOs, parents, CSOs
Elimu Bora Project Outcomes:
- Increased enrolment progression and completion to a full level of primary school by 2020;
- Adolescent girls and boys including children with disabilities reporting increased life skills and confidence to make decisions about their own lives increased by 2020;
- Structures, systems and advocacy to promote access to quality and progression of primary education and transitioning to secondary level strengthened by 2020; and
- Increased community members involved in demanding for social accountability and education advocacy engagements on gender-based child right to education.
AFYA CLUB 2017 – Ongoing
Is health school-based club made up of girls and boys who are committed to the promotion of Health related matters, equal human rights, dignity for all and mutual respect between girls and boys. Afya club members receive training on different topics, including how to form a club and make it work, health matters, peer education and other issues related to the promotion of equal access to education for girls and boys.
Learners who participate in these clubs form partnerships for support with educators in their schools, parents and adults in their communities.
Afya Club is about getting things done. It is about planning and action, not just talking. Most of all it is about young people who are driving the force through active participation.
Member skills to share this information in their schools and communities, where they encourage positive and constructive values amongst their peers.
More specifically, Afya clubs aim to achieve:
- Life skills for girls and boys to prevent would-be, or cope better with existing situations related to teenage pregnancy, sexuality, sexual abuse, drug abuse, gender inequality, gender-based violence, HIV & AIDS, racism and other social problems.
- Improving menstrual hygiene management (MHM) to school girls.
- Eliminating bad tradition, taboos and perception to school and communities on menstruation.
- Enable girls and boys to understand and claim their rights, while helping others to understand gender issues and other rights.
- Curricula and learner/teacher support materials that reflect the interests of both girls and boys.
- Promote girls’ and boys’ dialogue and participation in educational decision-making, peace building, health awareness and overall development.
- Equal access to education for girls and boys.
- Improved quality of education.
- Elimination of harmful practices that are imposed on girls and boys,
- Motivation to primary school students to join science subjects – girls sensitized to join medical and Science profession in their career ladder, through completing studies in the Maths, Science and Technology fields, since girls have historically been disadvantaged in these fields.
Afya club members are exposed to important information and knowledge, which assist them to realize that working to achieve the above goals would benefit all in their schools, communities and subsequently in the whole of Mwanza region.
VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT PROGRAMME 2016 – On going
The aim of the project is the cultural exchange, the sharing of experiences and skills and the meaningful work with impact in local community.
Working with volunteers is an important focus of our work. The volunteer programs are meant to give volunteers the opportunity to collect intercultural experiences, share and exchange of ideas. The volunteer program is understood to be similar to a long term internship, as well as the role of volunteers is similar to that of a long term intern. That international voluntary service project is an opportunity to participate in meaningful community service while living and interacting in an intercultural environment.
TAYONEHO packages combine volunteer work that really makes a difference with awesome adventure wildlife safaris and chill out time on Tanzania’s beaches. You’ll know in advance how much this once in a lifetime experience will cost. You won’t have to sweat the small stuff so you can really focus on working hard and having fun.
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT PROJECT 2017 – On going
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is a project initiated by TAYONEHO for the purpose of creating a supportive environment – for all girls and women to be able to manage their menses hygienically, safely, in privacy and with dignity. Menstrual hygiene has been largely neglected by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector and others focusing on sexual and reproductive health, and education which led to miss school or drop out for schoolgirls and feeling uncomfortable for both girls and women during menstruation cycle.
The project aims at addressing MHM challenges among the school girls through providing WASH education to school girls, community women and introducing alternative water storage systems, sanitary facilities, sanitary pads to build up their confidence and learning performance to school girls even during their menstrual cycle.
By collaborating with other stakeholders from different sectors and beneficiaries to ensure that we are adopting the right methodology in providing sustainable solutions to the issue of menstrual hygiene management in Tanzania, TAYONEHO will reach teachers, parents, community leaders, district education officers, school committees and other local NGOs through our MHM awareness campaigns, WASH educations, workshops, trainings, focus group discussions, seminars, and “Jiamini” reusable pad education and distribution.
The project focuses on the school girls from different primary and secondary schools at Lake Zone regions (Mwanza, Kagera, Shinyanga, Mara, Geita and Simiyu).
WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH) PROMOTION 2013 – 2014
TAYONEHO provided successfully consultancy services for the design and implementation of sanitation and hygiene promotion campaign in Ukerewe District.
The project Activities included:-
- Undertaking of a baseline study and research of market segments and adaptation triggers.
- Development and reproduction of Information, Education and Communication material.
- Development of a latrine technology manual and sanitation marketing user manual.
- Training in sanitation marketing and hygiene promotion.
DREAM WITH EDUCATION PROJECT 2014-2015
Dream with Education project; the aim was to strengthen education system in Tanzania. We did assessment of pupils, reading habits and learning facilities.
The main challenges Primary and Secondary Schools In Tanzania have no libraries there is no way children can get access to learning materials in public school, which reduces their chance for independent learning and creating their own reading habits, The situation is worse for children surrounded by poverty. Every subject in primary school is taught in Swahili then all of the sudden every subject is taught in English in secondary (except for Swahili) which is a drastic change. For children this language barrier is often a big gap, which makes school in the first year very challenging.
TAYONEHO in partnership with development partners through Dream with education project managed to distribute 5,000 books to ward school in Mwanza Region.
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AND CHILD MARRIAGE ELIMINATION 2014-2015
In Singida and Manyara regions TAYONEHO implemented the programs with aim of Preventing child marriage and female genital mutilation in high risk communities to support girls to realize their rights in villages through:-
- Raising awareness of girls’ rights and facilitating dialogue on harmful practices, specifically child marriage and FGM, among different community groups (girls, boys, parents, community and religious leaders) through theatre for development, football and community dialogue sessions.
- Establishment of girls’ clubs where life skills education, financial literacy and support for livelihood activities for girls are provided.
- Promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to girls and boys through peer educators and strengthening linkages with health service providers to improve access to family planning and contraception.
Women and men are engaged in joint action in groups of CHANGE Agents and CHANGE Champions: CHANGE Agents are newly recruited community members, while CHANGE Champions are experienced CHANGE Agents who participated in project. Both groups are diverse in terms of gender, origin, age.
YOUTH FRIENDLY REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 2015-2016
This project was done in partnership with DKT Tanzania. It was intended to improve sexual reproductive health for youth, ensure youth friendly sexual reproductive health services and healthcare services among the community through distributing reproductive health commodities.
The project addressed the issue of family planning to youth in order to improve their reproductive health—postponing pregnancies that place very young women at high risk, spacing the births of children, preventing dangerous pregnancies at the end of women’s reproductive years, and avoiding unplanned pregnancies.
In partnering with DKT International Tanzania in social marketing and distribution of contraceptives helped the youth groups in Lake Zone regions to have access of health reproductive services. Trainings to youth were also conducted. The following commodities distributed: Condoms (Bull and Fiesta), Urinary Pregnancy Tests, Depo- Provera injections, Oral and emergency contraceptives pills, implants and Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device-IUCD. The project reached 4,880 youth in Lake Zone regions.
YOUTH INVESTMENT FORUM 2015-2016
Youth investment Forum Provided a neutral platform for key players in investment sector to meet so as to review, discuss and create a roadmap on how best youth will be promoted and considered in the investment sector. Also responded to the opportunities for investment in Lake Zone.
We supported 500 youth in Mwanza through Youth Investment Forum project by empowering them to discover their potentials and abilities to start business using their developed skills by improving their livelihood.
Where by the project Motivated the youth on participating upon solving their problems and also Exposing youth to the opportunities available in the Lake Zone and engaging them in discussions/knowledge exchange on how best to access or tap into them as well as linking them to the Key contacts in investment on their Local setting.
Through this project we were able to develop Youth innovation Centre, whereby youth gained skills on job creation, employability, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
ERADICATION EARLY PREGNANCY PROJECT 2015-2016
Together with our partner Glomas Window Foundation we implemented “Eradication Early Pregnancy” project in Shinyanga region by empowering communities and young girls to a well-
Informed society and facilitate policies on the local and district level to combat the menace of early pregnancy.
TAYONEHO Strategies used to implement “Eradication Early Pregnancy Project”
Focus Group Discussion: TAYONEHO facilitated focus group discussion for different demographics in the community to provide an avenue for citizens to discuss about the effect of early pregnancy to the future of a girl child and the productivity of the community. This will help them to understand the dangers of early pregnancy and create localized solutions that they will own and implement.
Community House to House Campaign: TAYONEHO community activation team went house to house to counsel families about early pregnancy and child abuse; they also educated them about family planning methods and where to access these services to enable them plan their lives successfully.
Provision of Family Planning services and method: TAYONEHO intended to provide innovative and social marketed family planning services on-ground to women and girls that are interested in taking FP methods after counseling them. This will be a great way of preventing early and unwanted pregnancy.
Student and Teachers Workshop: One of our key targets is to speak directly with the girls, boys and their teachers to educate them about dangers of early pregnancy and recommend school policies that will guide girl abuse in the school environment. We selected volunteer teachers that will be ambassadors of the project to continually talk to students about early pregnancy and how to prevent it.
YOUTH SOLAR PHONE CHARGING KIOSK 2016-2017
The fact that many villages in Lake Zone regions are located in off grid areas these are an opportunity for solar business and services. The studies conducted by Global village energy partnership reveal that the people in off-grid villagers charge their phones in places located between 5-12 km away of their home.
Through Youth Solar phone charging kiosk project TAYONEHO formulated 60 groups of youth (10 youth each group) to be involved in solar phone charging kiosk in off grid villages.
60 villages were selected which are located far most out of national electric grid.
The total number of 600 youth from 60 groups was trained on solar entrepreneurship business skills. So that they can run the project successfully and the training also involved operations and maintenance services.
In order to increase the income and reduce the impact of competition, the youth groups advised to add also other services in the solar kiosks. The services Included mobile money transfer service (Mpesa, Airtel money and Tigopesa), Air time vouchers, phone repair, solar lanterns, snacks and bites and soft drinks.
Regular training on customer care and maintenance will be provided by the TAYONEHO project staff.
TAYONEHO distributed 60 solar phone charging devices to 60 youth groups in Mwanza, Geita and Shinyanga regions.
This project will help youth earn more income to improve their economic situation into the villages they live.
The Solar projects can be used as a drive tool to transform the lives of youth in off grid areas.
PROJECT RESEARCHES 2016 -2017
In 2016 the organization started to implement Menstrual Hygiene Management by conducting a baseline survey in Misungwi, Ukerewe, Nyamagana and Ilemela in order to know the need and challenges of MHM among the school girls. By using SURVEYBE Software.
In 2017 conducted WASH Consultancy Survey in Nyarugusu local Miners Communities in Geita for Healthy Entrepreneurs using OPEN DATA KIT (ODK) Software.