Background Information

The Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) is a Non Governmental, non partisan and non religious voluntary organisation established and officially registered in 1989 to address the interests of medical and dental women professionals; by promoting their education, improving their standards for professional competences fostering solidarity and linkages, encouraging and promoting research while advocating for policy changes in the health sector. 

To arrive to these goals, MEWATA has been maintaining liaison with its members through general assembly meetings conducted on annual bases. In continuation of this tradition, MEWATA organised its 12th Annual General Meeting that took place on 22nd and 23rd January, 2011 at the prominent NSSF Water Front Hall.

The meeting assembled over 100 participants; including government representatives, MEWATA members of all clusters and from different regions of Tanzania; others were invited guests from various organisations both local and international and media representatives. The guest of Honour in the meeting was Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Hon. Dr. Lucy Nkya (MP) and the Master of Ceremony was Ms. Vicky Ntetema (a friend of MEWATA).

The objectives of the meeting which included among other things;

  • To discuss health issues related to our women in our country and how they impact on their development,
  • To design more innovative programs to address women’s health issues in Tanzania,
  • To conduct MEWATA 12th Annual General Meeting where members meet and review the progress of MEWATA and elect new MEWATA leaders.


The cardinal messages are as listed below:

  1. Reduce frequent intake of sugared foods and drinks
  2. Brush your teeth with Fluoridated tooth paste in the morning and before going to bed at night
  3. Avoid tobacco use, both smoking and snuffing
  4. Prevent injuries by observing traffic rules, play safe games
  5. Dental check-up at least once a year especially for children is important to see how the dentition is fairing (check for new and old lesions as well as arrangement of teeth)
  6. Persistent ulcers should be reported to the clinic

IMPORTANT: To Visit a Dentist/Dental Clinic at Least Once a Year for Oral Health Check-Up


The per-conference Event
Aim of this activity was to sensitize the community on the importance of male involvement in improving reproductive and child health More Gallery