The representatives from two of our key partners in Tanzania went to see our Mabibo mobile clinical outreach team - funded by AusAID - at a rural site in the district of Kisarawe.
The Mabibo team covers Tanzania’s two northern-most coastal regions Pwani and Tanga. As with all our clinical outreach programmes, the team is away from their base continuously for three weeks every month, travelling deep into the most underserved rural areas of the region.
Each month they visit 18 to 20 sites, spending a day at each delivering a range of family planning and education services.
Last year, the team provided not only counselling on voluntary family planning but also 4,959 long-acting or permanent methods of contraception and 2,857 methods of short term contraception to women and men who would not ordinarily be able to access these services.
The team recently integrated HIV voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) into their programme. This allowed clients who typically only attend for family planning services to take up HIV testing and counselling as well.
Our USAID and GIZ visitors sat in on a group education session led by Leonida Leonard, our Mabibo team leader, and a condom demonstration by Dr Benedict, the team’s surgeon.
Maguerite Farrell, Health Development Officer at USAID/Washington, was also able to observe a number of services being carried out that day including the provision of a contraceptive implant, an intrauterine device (IUD), and a tubal ligation.
Speaking about her field visit, Marguerite said:
Thanks to the Marie Stopes Tanzania staff for all the work that went into… our site visit. Marie Stopes International does great work and has many supporters in the Office of Population in USAID Washington and in our Missions.
The Tanzania programme has also recently received visits to the Mwenge hospital in Dar es Salaam from the French Embassy in Tanzania’s Cooperation Office, the East Africa Community and KfW, the German development bank.
Following the visits and our participation in a regional conference in Dar es Salaam on engaging with private health providers earlier in the week, MST’s Director of Operations, Heidi Brown, was invited to USAID/Tanzania to give a presentation on the organisation’s experiences with public and private health provider partnerships.