Save the Children operates a dual mandate of serving the developmental and humanitarian needs of children. Working with the Prime Minister’s Office - Regional Administration and Local Government on disaster preparedness planning we have recently been requested by the Department of Health and Social Welfare to assist in developing an emergency response plan for child protection and to act as the secretariat for the Child Protection in Emergencies Technical Working Group.
Ammunition explosions in Mbagala (2009) and Gongolamboto (2011)
In two separate incidents, ammunition camp sites unexpectedly exploded near residential areas, with blasts killing over 50 people and displacing hundreds of families. Save the Children provided training and materials to the Red Cross and Department of Social Welfare staff on family tracing and assisted with the reunification of over 400 children separated from their families during the blasts. Save the Children replaced lost and damaged school materials and uniforms to affected children and desks, chairs and building rehabilitation to schools that were damaged. We supported provision of psycho-social support for children – helping 10,000 children and 39 local schools. We also led on providing community ordnance awareness due to large numbers of ammunition scattered across the area.
Passenger ferry accidents in 2011 and 2012
Save the Children responded to two separate ferry incidents which together killed nearly 350 people – causing considerable trauma for survivors, including children. We used the One Stop Centre (part of the Zanzibar child protection programme) at Mnazi Mmoja hospital in Stone Town to setup a relief centre, providing shelter, food, clothing and services to trace and reunite children with surviving family members. Psychosocial support was made available to anyone in need.
Flash flooding in Dar es Salaam (2011)
In late December 2011 Dar es Salaam suffered severe flooding with an estimated 40 people killed and 4,000 people losing their homes and belongings. Save the Children responded through local partners to establish safe play areas where around 400 young children go every morning for edutainment, psycho social support and just to have the opportunity to play and have fun. Education support was provided to all school - going children through provision of school uniforms and materials for 1,500 children. Camp leaders and selected members were trained on child protection. Health education was provided alongside 90 hygiene facilities, raising awareness with the camp community on disease prevention and hygiene practices. We provided sanitary materials to 1,200 women and 50 baby kits to mothers with new born babies. In addition, we also led training for community leaders in child protection and hygiene.
We will continue to respond to emergencies as they arise in Tanzania and we are actively seeking funding, and looking to build our capacity for disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation activities in Tanzania.