Universal Health Coverage A Call for Action

By Dr. Dr. Andemichael Ghirmay, World Health Organisation (WHO) The Message of Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, delivered by Dr. Andemichael Ghirmay, WHO Liaison Officer for Zanzibar 7th April 2018.  Universal health coverage (UHC) means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality while ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.This calls for governments to increase domestic allocation of resources for health to protect citizens from hardships and catastrophic health expenditure and ensure sustainable development goals. The current reality is still the opposite in Africa on average about 38% of the health expenditure is covered from out-of-pocket (OPP) expenditure exposing individuals, families and communities to financial hardships, poverty and destitution. The emergence of...

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UN Rewards Youth Innovation for Sustainable Development

Ms. Hoyce Temu, UN Communications Specialist, (back row) with the three innovators who were awarded after an innovation competition at the UN's booth at SabaSaba. (from left to right) Mr. Gracious Fanuel; Ms. Latifa Ngea; Mr. Amos Mtambala. Photo| UNRCO Three young innovators awarded after displaying products at Sabasaba06 July 2018, Dar es Salaam – The United Nations in Tanzania has today awarded three young innovators who have been showcasing their innovations at the 42nd Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair. The three youth, who have developed innovations in the sectors of robotics, art and agriculture, have demonstrated how their innovations work to hundreds of visitors at the UN’s booth during the trade festival over the last week. After listening to all three...

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Vice President Graces World Environment Day

Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan (centre) and Minister of Environment, Hon. January Makamba (to her immediate right) inspect the beach wall shortly after inaugurating it. PHOTO| Vice President’s Office On June 5 every year World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated globally and this year, representing the President of Tanzania, H.E. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli; the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, led commemorations in Tanzania under the national theme of ‘Charcoal is expensive, use alternative energy’. The Vice President inaugurated a beach wall that was funded by UN Environment and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in close collaboration with the Ministry...

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Kigoma RC thanks UN & Development Partners for Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP)

Kigoma Regional Comissioner, Retired Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga opening the meeting of KJP Stakeholders. Photo| Msafiri Manongi/KJP Kigoma Joint Programme Stakeholders workshop was held in Kasulu on 27th April 2018 and attended by Members of Regional Consultative Council, Senior Government Officials in the region and Programme official persons from UN Agencies participating in implementing the programme.In his Opening remarks, Kigoma Regional Commissioner, Rtd. Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Maganga, thanked the Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, UN Resident Coordinator of UN System in Tanzania and UN Country Management Team for considering the region as their priority. He also thanked the Governments of Norway, Korea and Sweden for financial support to the programme.Lucy Rwegasira...

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TEF & UN partner on Global Goals tracking & reporting

 Tanzania Editor’s Forum (TEF) acting Chairman, Mr. Deodatus Balile (left) and UN Communications Specialist, Ms. Hoyce Temu (right) exchange signed copies of the principles of collaboration. Photo| Hans Collaboration to reach journalists at grassroots level 27 April 2018, Morogoro – The United Nations and the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) have signed an agreement which will enhance communication and advocacy for the implementation of the Global Goals in Tanzania. The partnership between TEF and the UN has existed for over 5 years with heads of UN agencies annually meeting with senior journalists and editors. This latest collaboration builds on this partnership with a focus on training journalists at the grassroot level on reporting for development in the...

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Communities in Kigoma benefit from the UN

  Youth in Kigoma benefit from UN support Kigoma, 11 April 2018 –Last year the United Nations launched the Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP) to link the UN’s current response to refugees and migrants with an increased focus on developing the host communities. It was launched in partnership with the government of the United Republic of Tanzania, members of the Development Partners Group, the media, Civil Society Organizations, refugees and migrants host populations in Kigoma. The KJP consists of 16 UN agencies working together across six themes. Led by UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, today the UN Communications Group (UNCG), officers from 15 UN agencies in Tanzania, local government authorities and the media visited youth and women who benefitted from a...

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Leaving Women Behind would be a Big Mistake

By Alvaro Rodriguez, UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (right) visits UNFPA's 'Afya Bora ya Mama na Mtoto' maternity ward in Pemba. Photo| File Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calls for ‘achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls by the year 2030’. When we talk about ‘women’s empowerment’ and ‘gender equality’, we refer to two phrases that are trending ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March and it is important to understand what they mean. I would suggest that we should seek three inter-related objectives, all of which will contribute to Tanzania achieving its National Vision:First, legal empowerment of women: This refers to having the right...

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