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Strategic Plan

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This is MEWATA’s second strategic plan covering the period from 2011-2015. It is in line with the Association’s constitutional articles, revised in 2006 as a means of achieving the aims and objectives. To position it in the changing environment, MEWATA functions through seeking opportunities to voice its views collaborate with other organizations and publicize through various media, hence the reason of this plan, i.e. to communicate the next five-year direction. The process of preparing this plan was participatory involving not only the executive committee members and other members under the facilitation of an external non-member consultant. 


With about 300 members spread across the country, MEWATA has made a remarkable progress since its inception in 1987.  While there are achievements in her objectives of promoting member’s education, improving standards of professional competences, fostering solidarity and linkages with encouraging and promoting research, advocating for policy changes in the health sector, there are also challenges in course of realizing her aims.  MEWATA made her image and identity through organizing breast cancer screening campaigns, creating awareness to the community and resource mobilization, purchase of five Mammography machines were provided to five public hospitals. MEWATA has secured a plot to construct a Well Women Clinic; a donor in the name of Hayao Nakayama through MEWATA’s patron, Hon. Mama Salma Kikwete, gave this funding.
In collaboration with other organizations, the association was able to create awareness on gender based violence as well as developing a proposal for discordant couple HIV counseling. Visits were made to secondary schools to sensitize girls to join medical profession. Despite these achievements, MEWATA’s challenges remained around inadequate resources to carry out her plans and members tied up with their employers’ requirements and performing MEWATA obligations on voluntary basis.
This strategic plan has three thematic areas i.e. Reproductive health and rights, with a focus on three strategic areas i.e.  Breast and cervical cancer, Maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health, and gender based violence. On HIV/AIDS thematic area, the focus is on male involvement in PMTCT/FP and discordant couples. The third thematic area is focused on professional and institutional development. Implementation in these areas will contribute towards MEWATAs’ vision and mission and next five-year goals, which are:

  1. To contribute to the delivery of quality reproductive and HIV services through strengthening of existing health systems and research.
  2. To advocate for access to quality health services that promotes a woman’s dignity through promoting partnerships and collaboration with stakeholders.
  3. To strengthen MEWATA members’ professional capacity so as to contribute towards National efforts of providing quality health services.


For each strategic area of focus, key results expected to be achieved during the 2011-2015 have been stated, eight under thematic area one, seven under thematic area two, eight under the third thematic area. For each result, there are main activities and indicators, which appear under the section of monitoring and evaluation. In order to achieve the results MEWATA has identified four pronged approaches which are; promoting partnerships with key stakeholders, capacity building both internal and external to the association and conduct advocacy to influence the attitudes of decision and policy makers and lastly is research to add or understand new knowledge and seek solutions to health problems. The secretariat team in consultation with the executive committee chairperson has develop a detailed operating annual work plan covering year results, activities with time frame, accountabilities and budget. The monitoring tools to track indicators will also form part of annual work plan. The second year work plan will be prepared following the internal review of achievements, challenges, activities and available financial and human resources.

 

 

 

MY LIFE, MY HEALTH

 Healthy diet according to WHO to reduce the risk of cancer and other non communicable diseases

  • A healthy diet helps protect against malnutrition in all its forms, as well as non communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
  • Unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are leading global risks to health.
  • Healthy dietary practices start early in life breastfeeding fosters healthy growth and improves cognitive development, and may have longer-term health benefits, like reducing the risk of becoming overweight or obese and developing NCDs later in life.
  • Energy intake (calories) should be in balance with energy expenditure. Evidence indicates that total fat should not exceed 30% of total energy intake to avoid unhealthy weight gain, with a shift in fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats, and towards the elimination of industrial trans fats.
  • Limiting intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake is part of a healthy diet. A further reduction to less than 5% of total energy intake is suggested for additional health benefits.
  • Keeping salt intake to less than 5 g per day helps prevent hypertension and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke in the adult population.
  • WHO Member States have agreed to reduce the global population’s intake of salt by 30% and halt the rise in diabetes and obesity in adults and adolescents as well as in childhood overweight by 202.

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Pics of MEWATA AGM 2016
MEWATA scientific conference and Annual General Meeting was conducted on 18th November 2016 in Mwanza region. Members from different regions and zones participated this important meeting. This year AGM will be conducted in Dar es Salaam MORE GALLERY