In Tanzania, piecing back a child’s life torn apart
KIGOMA, Tanzania, 1 September 2015 – One-year-old Leila wakes up crying and looks around for her mother. Annoyed at first for being interrupted, Anick, 15, gently picks up her daughter and starts humming a sweet song in Kirundi, her native language. Baby Leila immediately stops her sobbing.
For Burundian children in Tanzania, a safe place for learning
NYARUGUSU, United Republic of Tanzania, 12 August 2015 – As he talks about his love for school and his friends, Levis grins widely. It was just a few weeks ago, however, that the 15-year-old and his family were forced to leave their home in Burundi to seek safety in northern Tanzania.
In Tanzania, using mobile technology to reunite families
KIGOMA, United Republic of Tanzania, 5 August 2015 – Louis Cubahiro, 17, recently arrived in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania, after he fled the volatile situation in Burundi. “There was chaos,” he says.
Improving access to water for refugees in Tanzania
KIGOMA, Tanzania, 9 July 2015 – Dozens of children scamper excitedly towards any vehicle that arrives in Nyarugusu refugee camp in western Tanzania. They know its occupants will come loaded with bottled water. It’s the empty bottles the children are after.
Malnutrition a growing risk for Burundian refugee children in the United Republic of Tanzania
KIGOMA, United Republic of Tanzania, 23 June 2015 – Emelyne and her 1-year-old twin daughters Lydia and Floride are among the families at the busy nutrition centre in Nyarugusu camp, in Kigoma region. Children admitted with severe acute malnutrition are being given specialized feeding and therapeutic care to help rehabilitate them. Lydia and Floride have been receiving treatment for a week.
A rush to help Burundi’s refugee children in Tanzania
KIGOMA, United Republic of Tanzania, 28 May 2015 – It has been more than a week since Mariama Kwizera and her two siblings fled Burundi and crossed the border into Tanzania. For the past two years, Mariama has been taking care of her brother and sister without external support.
In Tanzania, a passport to a better life
DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 30 January 2015 – “My mother died when I was 4. My father died when I was 9. Then I started to get really sick. My auntie took me to the doctor’s. They did a test and told me I was HIV-positive,” 17-year-old Neema* remembers. She lives with her aunt in Temeke, a district of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital.
In Tanzania, empowering girls, fighting HIV
DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 October 2014 – Fatuma Djamali was born in 1996 in Ruvuma region, in Tanzania’s southern highlands. Since she was in primary school, her life has been dominated by solitude and fear.
Young reporters take to the air, in the United Republic of Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 March 2014 – “I never thought that one day I would become a reporter,” says Wastara, who is 14. “I always believed reporters were adults and not children, because children don’t have the skills.
In the United Republic of Tanzania, a new solution for birth registration
MBEYA, United Republic of Tanzania, 27 January 2014 – “It’s very simple, I’ll show you,” says Adela Mwakala with a smile. In just 30 seconds, Ms. Mwakala enters the baby’s name, registration number, date of birth, mother’s name and city of residence in her mobile phone. She then sends the data via SMS to a central database in Dar es Salaam.
United Republic of Tanzania: Zanzibar fights a hidden hunger with iodized salt
PEMBA ISLAND, United Republic of Tanzania, 8 November 2013 – Mbarouk Hamad Yussaf, a salt farmer in Pemba Island, Zanzibar, sighs with relief. He has just received a year’s worth of potassium iodate and a manual sprayer. The equipment was distributed through Zanzibar’s Ministry of Health programme that aims for universal salt iodization on the island, with support from UNICEF.
As leaders gather to discuss vaccines at the GAVI Forum, the United Republic of Tanzania introduces new vaccines for pneumonia and diarrhoea
MOROGORO, United Republic of Tanzania, 6 December 2012 – As the mercury crept up to the upper range of the 30s (C) and the humidity approached 100 per cent, Upendo Philip, 24, and her 1-month-old baby Ustant crammed onto a motorbike with a driver, a cousin and her baby. They made their way to the Melela Health Facility 25 km away from their tiny village of Meleo, in Morogoro Region, 200 km south of the nation’s capital.
Challenges for urban children identified in UNICEF report on the United Republic of Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 26 November 2012 – UNICEF’s new publication ‘Cities and Children: The Challenge of Urbanisation in Tanzania’ says that within the short span of a generation, more than one-third of the country’s children will be raised in a city or town.
Mothers' support group in the United Republic of Tanzania tackles mother-to-child transmission of HIV
NJOMBE REGION, United Republic of Tanzania, 30 August 2012 - A group of HIV-infected mothers and their partners have formed a mothers’ support group attached to their local health clinic in Kitulo Ward, Makete District, United Republic of Tanzania.
Podcast #61: The power of youth - celebrating International Youth Day
NEW YORK, USA, 06 August 2012 – The number of young people globally has never been higher. According to the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA), there are 1.8 billion young people in the world today. For most of them, life is not easy. About half of young people survive on less than $2 a day, millions are out of school and many more face unemployment.
Locally sourced teaching aids are engaging students and improving education
NJOMBE REGION, Tanzania, 11 July 2012 – “Previously, we didn’t use as many classroom aids like we do today,” said 12-year-old Hekima. “These days, teachers conduct lessons using aids, and you get to understand things better. We also get the chance to make these tools ourselves, which increases our skills and memory.”
Religious leaders address child poverty at the Global Network of Religions for Children Forum in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 27 June 2012 – Over 300 religious leaders, members of different spiritual traditions and faith communities, government officials, development partners, civil society organizations, and children from 64 countries reaffirmed their commitment to fight child poverty at the Fourth Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).
Singer and UNICEF Regional Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi visits Tanzania to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and violence against children
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 26 June 2012 – Renowned Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi recently made his first visit to Tanzania as a UNICEF Regional Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa. During his visit, he helped raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and child protection.
In Tanzania, religious leaders fight violence against children on the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 15 December 2011 – Acrobatics, music and dancing delighted an audience of over 2,000 children in Dar es Salaam, part of a series of events commemorating the annual World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.
Report evaluates the state of Tanzania’s adolescents
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 9 December 2011 – ‘Adolescence in Tanzania’, a publication on the issues facing the country’s adolescents, was launched this week at an event attended by Speaker of the National Assembly Ann Makinda and young people from across Tanzania. The launch came days before the country celebrates the 50 years of independence, focusing attention on how far the nation has come and challenges that remain ahead.
Children's Act provides new tools for protecting child rights in Zanzibar
STONE TOWN, Zanzibar, Tanzania, 25 August 2011 – The President of Zanzibar, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, has signed into law a comprehensive Children’s Act aimed at providing better protection for the rights and welfare of children living in this semi-autonomous island region of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Survey shows need for action on violence against children in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 9 August 2011 – Violence against children is a serious human rights, social and public health issue in Tanzania, as in many other parts of the world. Violence erodes the strong foundation that children need to lead healthy and productive lives.
UNICEF joins other agencies in Tanzania in signing the first UN Development Assistance Plan
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 28 June 2011 – A breakthrough in United Nations cooperation took place last Friday in Tanzania as Ramadhani Khijjah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance in the United Republic of Tanzania, and Alberic Kacou, the UN Resident Coordinator, led the signing of the first United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP).
Strengthening child protection systems to reduce violence against children in Tanzania
HAI DISTRICT, Tanzania, 14 June 2011 – Child protection teams in the Kilimanjaro Region are joining forces to combat violence against children and ensure young people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Young reporters' network empowers youth to be heard in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 27 May 2011 – Modest, 17, has been living on the streets of Moshi in the Kilimanjaro Region for the past 14 months. Despite his grim upbringing and current situation, he has found a way to get his story heard and learn new skills – by joining the Young Reporters Network.
South African filmmaker wins UNICEF Child Rights Award at Zanzibar festival
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 5 August 2010 – South African filmmaker Stefanie Sycholt's ‘Themba: A Boy Called Hope’ has won the UNICEF Child Rights Award at the 2010 Zanzibar International Film Festival.
In Tanzania, the Island of Zanzibar leads the charge against malaria
ZANZIBAR CITY, Tanzania, 27 April 2010 – As the world celebrated World Malaria Day this past weekend, some regions reflected on recent strides made toward eradicating the disease. Among the world’s malaria success stories is the Island of Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, off the coast of eastern Africa.
Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo visits child mothers in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 20 January 2010 – West African singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo recently visited Tanzania to highlight issues related to girls’ education, particularly early pregnancies, which have forced many girls to drop out of school.
Congolese teen wins award for youth radio programming in Tanzanian refugee camp
KASULU, Tanzania, 6 January 2009 – A 16-year-old Congolese refugee boy has been awarded the annual International Children’s Peace Prize for producing a children’s programme on Radio Kwizera in a Tanzanian refugee camp.
Young Journalists workshop helps children raise awareness on HIV stigma in Zanzibar
ZANZIBAR CITY, Tanzania, 05 January 2010 - During a seven-day Young Journalists Workshop at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) Children’s Panorama, 24 children who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS had an opportunity to share their experiences.
UNICEF Tanzania reducing inefficiencies to better serve children
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 18 December 2009 - The UN has been stepping up its reform efforts to ensure greater coherence to its work, more efficiency and less bureaucracy for all its partners, more effective sharing of knowledge and data, and greater accountability for measuring and reporting results. To this end, in Tanzania, UN agencies have adopted a new and more efficient way of buying the supplies that they require.
Tanzania passes landmark Law of the Child
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 6 November 2009 – On Wednesday, Tanzania’s Parliament, the Bunge, passed a bill known as the Law of the Child Act 2009. This landmark legislation effectively domesticates the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and provides the legal framework through which the rights of the country’s children can be protected and realized.
Two women receive ‘Golden Poo’ Award for outstanding work as hygiene champions
NEW YORK, USA, 16 October 2009 – The ‘Golden Poo Awards’ were held yesterday in London as part of Global Handwashing Day celebrations. The award honoured the work of two women: Head of the Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene section of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mary Swai, and WASH Specialist from UNICEF Tanzania’s Young Child Survival and Development Section, Rebecca Budimu.
Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover visits HIV/AIDS programmes in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 8 July 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and noted actor Danny Glover came to Tanzania to support this year’s Zanzibar International Film Festival, and he also used the opportunity to highlight issues related to HIV – particularly prevention of mother-to-child transmission, or PMTCT, as well as stigma and discrimination against children and their families affected by the virus.
Children’s photo exhibition celebrates the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 9 December 2008 – Tanzania commemorated the 19th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child last month with a declaration that all stakeholders should focus on fighting poverty as the key to the fulfillment of children’s rights.
Eastern and Southern African countries meet to bolster HIV/AIDS support for children
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 26 September 2008 – AIDS continues to cut short young lives across sub-Saharan Africa, while decimating families, debilitating economies and weakening societies.
British Airways ‘Change for Good’ partners mark funding milestone with Tanzania visit
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 17 September 2008 – ‘Change for Good’, the successful fundraising partnership between British Airways and UNICEF, recently celebrated a milestone of £25 million raised since the programme was launched with BA in 1994.
Massive national campaign for accelerated child survival in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 4 September 2008 – In a country such as Tanzania, where most families survive on less than $1 a day, special medical care is an unaffordable luxury. Thanks to the government’s efforts, however, most services are now free of charge in its health facilities countrywide.
Women parliamentarians lead major changes in African politics
NEW YORK, USA, 22 July 2008 – Several African countries are at the forefront of a growing trend to substantially increase female representation in parliaments around the world.
Tanzania launches 'One Plan' for reducing maternal and child deaths
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 13 May 2008 – The President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, was joined by the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, last month to launch Tanzania's 'One Plan' programme which aims to accelerate the reduction of maternal, newborn and child deaths in the country.
GAVI works to reduce the number of preventable child deaths in Tanzania
MOROGORO, Tanzania 17 April 2008 – Like all hospitals and health facilities in Tanzania, Morogoro Regional Hospital offers free routine immunization to all children under the age of five.
Challenges await Burundian refugees expelled from Tanzania
MUYINGA, Burundi, 5 December 2007 – Chantal Nizigiyimana has been back in her home country of Burundi for only a few months, having lived in Tanzania since she was a young child. In 1993, her family was among hundreds of thousands of Burundians who fled across the border in order to avoid conflict.
Preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission in Kigamboni, Tanzania
KIGAMBONI, Tanzania, 26 September 2007 – Dalila (not her real name), is a 38-year-old single mother who is living with HIV. Caring for both herself and her year-old daughter is a load she can barely carry.
Global partners gather in Tanzania to discuss maternal, newborn and child health
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 19 April 2007 – Political leaders, health professionals, researchers and activists are meeting here this week for the first-ever assembly of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
UNICEF Executive Director visits Tanzania with Executive Director of UNAIDS to spotlight impact of HIV/AIDS on children
KIGAMBONE, Tanzania, 16 February 2006 – The village of Kigamboni was decked out in bright colours to welcome HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot with drama and displays.
Girls’ education advocate delivers message of hope to First Spouses during World Summit
NEW YORK, 23 September 2005 – Like many visitors on their first trip to New York, 26-year-old Lydia Wilbard stopped by the United Nations last week. Unlike most tourists, however, Lydia had arrived to deliver a speech during the 2005 World Summit.
Integrated life-saving campaign in Tanzania attracts high turnout
MTWARA, Tanzania, 1 August 2005 – Tanzania’s biggest ever integrated life-saving campaign has helped improve the chances of survival for 6.5 million children under the age of five. The low-cost campaign combined distribution of the measles vaccine, vitamin A supplementation and de-worming tablets. In the two regions with the highest child mortality rate, 400 000 free insecticide-treated mosquito nets were also handed out – the most nets ever distributed during a measles vaccination campaign.
Anti-malarial bednet programme succeeds in Tanzania
KIBAHA, Tanzania, 3 May 2005 – In hospitals all across Kibaha District, women have been given access to subsidized bednets designed to protect them and their children against malaria.