Children provided with emergency care in Kigoma

Sophia Kamali, a married woman and a mother of two children aged 24 and 13, lives in a quiet area of Kasulu town, Kigoma Region. She works for a local NGO as a community health worker raising awareness on reproductive health. In her spare time, she works in her vegetable garden and volunteers as a facilitator in parent group meetings raising awareness on positive parenting skills. Ms. Kamali is among 11 ‘Fit Persons’ in Kasulu Town Council’s child protection system, who have been supported by the local government through UNICEF. Fit Persons, and in some cases, Fit Families (in the cases of married couples), provide emergency family-based care to children who cannot live with their parents for reasons including abuse, inability to support, or abandonment. This short-term alternative care arrangement is part of the case management of the District Social Welfare Officer. Ms. Kamali lost her mother when she was just a year old. She and her 7-month-old sister were left...

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UN, TEF visit UN projects in Lindi and Mtwara

A nurse from that works at a Ziwani Dispensary, Ms. Constansia Kalambo, registers a child. Once the child’s details are recorded, Ms. Kolambo then sends the information to the RITA district office where it is approved giving the go ahead for the child to get their birth certificate.The second Zonal Media Training covered regions in the southern zone of Tanzania. The workshop took place in Mtwara region with journalists from Pwani, Ruvuma,Lindi and Mtwara. In Lindi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, the UN and TEF made a courtesy call to Lindi Regional Commissioner, Mr. Godfrey Zambi before visiting two projects in the region. The first was a UNICEF project that supports salt farmers and producers to ensure that there is an adequate amount of iodine in their salt. Iodine is important for the brain development of children and reduces the risks of pregnancy complications. Since 2015, the project has provided Sh978 million of support to over 200 small scale salt farmers which has had an estimated reach of over 1.8 million people in...

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UN/TEF Northern zone media training and field visits

ILO Communication Officer, Mr. Magnus Minja, explains how the apprenticeship programme has managed to develop partnerships with hotels and provide apprentices from the National Tourism College in Arusha with practical training. Mr. Minja was speaking at Arusha hotel which is among the hotels participating in the programme. All Photos | Aidan Riwa /RCOIn September, the United Nations and the Tanzania Editors Forum (TEF) conducted field visits, to projects being implemented in Arusha and Kilimanjaro by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The field...

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Over 600 Youth trained in Unguja & Zanzibar

The United Nations in Tanzania continues to raise awareness on the  Global Goals. Recently, with UNICEF's funding, the United Nations in Tanzania trained and held active discussions with over 600 youth to enable them to be conversant with the global development agenda and their own development priorities in the isles. The awareness-raising campaign on the Global Goals seeks to make sure that young people are engaged in its implementation. The outreach in Pemba and Unguja is a continuation of an initiative which was launched in Arusha in 2016 by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez.Speaking at the Lumumba Secondary School were one of the four trainings took place, the RC Office’s Partnership and Communications Associate stated that the 2030 Sustainable Development...

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World Children’s Day

Young people raise their voices as they commemorate World Children’s Day in Dar es Salaam.In late November, UNICEF Tanzania in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children organized an Activate Talk with children and young people under the theme “My Aspirations, my path…” to commemorate World Children’s Day. The event graced by the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu was attended by children, youth, government officials, Members of Parliament, development partners, faith-leaders and the private sector. The aim was to give space for young people to be inspired, motivated and encouraged on their dreams and remain hopeful for the future, despite the many challenges...

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

In Tanzania, fighting to end violence against women and girls has become a way of life not only for the police and the courts of law but also for the men in communities such as those found in Kigoma. According to Mr. Yassin Ally, the executive director of Kivulini Women’s Rights in Kigoma, violence against women and girls is slowly becoming a thing of the past, and even an embarrassment in some enlightened neighbourhoods. His organisation is partnering with UN Women in projects working to end violence against women and girls. Kigoma is one of the areas that was this year selected for this year’s 16 Days of activism against based violence campaign to intensify efforts to protect its women and girls and to harness creation of peaceful communities.  A total...

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Volunteers contribution to building resilient communities appreciated on IVD

UN Volunteers with the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez and Ambassador Ali Karume, Minister of Youth, Culture, Arts and Sports (both seated, centre left) during commemorations of International Volunteer Day in Zanzibar. Photo| UN Volunteers
International Volunteer Day (IVD) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. Since then, every year governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December. According to the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), more than one billion people volunteer globally, which is equivalent to over 109 million full-time workers. Most volunteers work informally, with around 70 per cent of all volunteers working in their own communities helping the people around them, while 30 per cent volunteer through formal organizations. On IVD 2018, the government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the United Nations celebrated community volunteers who contribute to making their communities more resilient...

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