EVERY ONE Campaign
In Tanzania, Save the Children and partners work towards achieving the following EVERYONE objectives:
- Increased transparent and sustainable budget allocation to maternal, newborn and child health with a particular focus on newborns by 2015;
- Reduction in malnutrition among children under-5 and pregnant women, adolescent girls and lactating mothers by 2015;
- Increased access to maternal, newborn and child health services for 150,000 and 45,000 mothers in Save the Children operational areas by 2015;
- Empowered communities to claim their rights to access high quality health and nutrition care by 2015.
Save the Children’s work in health and nutrition is primarily targeting children under the age of five and their mothers, including adolescent mothers. More detailed strategy for achievement of the MNCH objectives is provided in the Everyone Country Plan (2011 – 2015). All of the interventions are in line with Tanzania’s main strategic document National Strategic Road Map for Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality (2008 – 2015), as well as National Nutrition Strategy (2010 – 2015). Save the Children’s interventions directly contribute to achieving results at scale in Tanzania. In nutrition in particular, achievement of results at scale is further strengthened through Partnership for Nutrition (PANITA), a network of over 300 CSOs across Tanzania and the national civil society wing for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), established and currently facilitated by Save the Children. Through participation in the global SUN initiative and PANITA’s work, the Tanzania programme contributes to global level nutrition advocacy. We are well positioned to continue advocating for resourcing of high impact maternal and newborn health (MNCH) and nutrition interventions at both national and district level. Evidence gathered through programme research, baseline studies and policy and budget analysis will serve as a basis for our advocacy and campaigning activities and measuring impact of our work.
Some of the key EVERYONE campaign results include:
- White Ribbon Alliance in Tanzania (WRATZ) Annual Meeting where SCI presented health budget analysis presentation,
- State of the World Mothers (SOWM)Report launch,
- Global Hunger Summit in London and Northern Ireland,
- Preparation for advocacy with UNGA with SCUK and UN Tanzania Mission,
- Global Day of Action (Race for Survival),
- African Food and Nutrition Security Day (AFNSD) popular mobilisation and advocacy activities,
- Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) event in Dar es Salaam
PANITA was involved in all popular mobilisation, policy, advocacy and campaign activities (Race for Survival, Global Hunger Summit, African Food and Nutrition Day). SOWM was organised with participation of key health stakeholders. 2 children from Children’s Councils participated in the Global Hunger Summit; Global Day of Action was marked by a mini popular mobilisation and advocacy project that was implemented by PANITA member Huheso, based in Kahama, with 2,600 people present including children, government officials, media, CSOs, and this was in line with the Presidential call for Action for Nutrition. The Health Budget Analysis has been presented in the WRATZ Annual meeting in March 2013 with key health players, including the MoHSW. WRATZ advocacy strategy was drafted with a goal of ensuring Government of Tanzania upholds its commitment that 50% of health centres in Tanzania provide CEmOC (Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care) by 2015. Race for Survival (R4S) was successfully organised in Morogoro with 124 children participating in marathon, key stakeholders and PANITA holding a sensitisation meeting (led by the Nutrition Ambassador) and “Lives on the Line” report being publicly launched on 23 October 2013. The race in Morogoro was organised in parallel with a regional one held in Arusha. Both United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) advocacy with UN Tanzania Mission and Human Resources in Health (HRH) Conference were organised with targeted in-country advocacy consisting of strategic nutrition and HRH messages conveyed to the top political figures and with meetings with PANITA representatives and the country delegation travelling to New York to attend the UNGA summit. AFNSD was observed with five PANITA partners based in Ukerewe-Mwanza, Bukoba-Kagera, Karagwe-Kagera, Morogoro and Iringa regions where they conducted advocacy and community level popular mobilization activities to create demand by community members for changes that would contribute to reducing malnutrition and child deaths. An SMS campaign was organized in which the Tanzanian public received messages through their mobile telephones urging them to change behaviours contributing to reducing child malnutrition and death resulted in coverage of 160,000 subscribers (63% women) within a period of less than a month (November/December 2013). Key findings from the HANCI research were successfully presented at the Dar es Salaam launch to members of the Parliamentary Group for Nutrition, Food Security and Children’s Rights and PANITA organisations and with next steps agreed to be followed in the future. The launch itself brought together civil society organisations and government representatives working on nutrition and hunger related issues to explore how to use evidence from the research to support their ongoing work to further improve government commitment. All these events had proper media coverage resulting in up to 100 press clippings in total in 2013.
Everyone program portfolio covers all health and nutrition projects being implemented by Save the Children in Tanzania.