UNFPA Press Release on Occasion of Handing Over of 8 Coordination Vehicles to Media
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Media Briefing on the Occasion of the Handover Ceremony of 8 Coordination Vehicles to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC)
December 14, 2016, Dar as salaam, Tanzania: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Tanzania is handing over 8 coordination vehicles to the to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) in Dar-es-Salaam from 0900 at the Ministry of Health headquarter.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund has been working with the government of Tanzania for over 40 years to strengthen the health system to improve reproductive, maternal, and newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH). The support include upgrading of health facilities to increase availability of emergency delivery services, capacity building of health care workers, procurement of life saving and reproductive health and family planning commodities, procurement of ambulances to facilitate easy referral for pregnant mothers and procurement of coordination vehicles to support coordination of these services especially at the district level.
As part of implementation of the UNFPA 7th Country Programme (and within the wider UN Delivering as One ) to the United Republic of Tanzania (2011-2015 extended for one year to 2016 to align with government cycle); 14 health centres in Mwanza, Shinyanga, and Geita have been upgraded to provide comprehensive emergency delivery services including surgery; about 4500 health care workers from Lake and Western zones regions trained on different aspects of RMNCAH to improve quality of care, 17 ambulances procured and distributed to health centres and district hospitals in Shinyanga and Geita. This is just to mention the few.
Handing over of these 8 coordination vehicles is part of the UNFPA and the UN support through RMNCH Trust Fund that has been implemented from 2014 to June 2016 by three UN agencies (UNFPA, WHO and UNICEF) with a budget of USD 16,000,000 from the RMNCH Trust Fund. The programme focused on two main areas - improving availability of life saving commodities and access to quality reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health at the central level and strengthening maternal and newborn health care services at subnational levels.
The coordination vehicles we’re handing over today will contribute to further strengthening of maternal and child health services in the country. The total cost of these vehicles is $177,409 equivalent to TZS 387millions. In the spirit of sustainable partnership and cooperation; UNFPA reaffirms its continued commitment and support to government of Tanzania for the benefit of women and children in this country.
UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. Since UNFPA started partnering in Tanzania four decades ago, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are healthier.
Achieve Universal access to sexual and reproductive health, promote reproductive rights, reduce maternal mortality and accelerate progress on the ICPD agenda, MDG 5 and the 2030 agenda.
Delivering as One: The United Nations in Tanzania, thinking, speaking and acting to support Delivering as one, is an accountable, honest and trusted broker and partner to the government and people of Tanzania and their Development partners. The UN contributes to sustainable poverty reduction and realization of Human rights in line with Tanzania’s national development vision.
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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
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