1993/1994 Safe Motherhood Initiative
Maternal mortality has been very high in the country since the 90s. In recognition of that MEWATA conducted a Safe Motherhood Initiative program to address the issue of Maternal Mortality by training female doctors wherever they on good practices in reproductive health as the associations contribution to lowering maternal mortality in Tanzania.
HIV/AIDS Forum for Women Professionals 2005
The discussion forum on Women and HIV/AIDS was organized by Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) as part of commemorating the 2005 International Women’s day. The forum was financially supported by Tanzania AIDS Commission (TACAIDS). Several key stakeholders working on HIV/AIDS were invited and actively participated in the discussion and coming up with resolutions. Participating organizations included MEWATA, TACAIDS, TAWLA, TAMWA, UNFPA, TGNP, PASADA, AYA, UMATI and MUHIMBILI NATIONAL HOSPITAL. Others were ACTION AID, UNAIDS, TNW+, OXFAM, TPDF, AMREF, ITV/RADIO ONE, CLOUDS FM and TANOPHA.
The forum was well facilitated by two facilitators namely Dr Fatma Mrisho, a former Regional UNFPA technical adviser in Reproduction Health (RH) and Ms. Mary Rusimbi, the Executive Director of TGNP.
Recommendations for review included:
• Advocate for increased access to youth-friendly services and appropriate information with full involvement of youth, both males and females
• Develop innovative strategies for male involvement, participation and responsibility. Motivate dialogue that will address how men can change attitudes and behavior related to gender-based violence
• Identify capacity needs in terms of institutional needs as well as individual skill needs (e.g. MEWATA members gender skills, number of counselors does not match counseling needs) and fill gaps
• Community/public knowledge on ARVs is minimal, MEWATA and other partners need to educate the public
• Policy dialogue to address the issue of PMTC in such a manner that it addresses both the child’s needs as well the mother’s needs and rights
• Media partnership between HIV/AIDS implementing partners, gender organs, MEWATA in collective advocacy efforts
• Health workers should have training in comprehensive management of HIV/AIDS including its ethical implications and code of conduct
• Review all relevant policies and major development strategies and recommend/advocate for gender responsive, women/girls facilitative changes
• Advocate for and implement full and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS at all stages of programs and interventions
• Increase community knowledge and awareness on gender-based violence (GBV), especially the obvious and subtle risk factors, forms of GBV, what to do to militate against GBV, where to report, when to report, community and sector support and monitoring trends for improved intervention.
• As part of way forward, participants recommended the establishment of Pressure group that will form strong coalition to advocate for changes in laws and policy. The pressure group should also be responsible to make follow up of the recommendations. The group should include members of professional organizations that participated in the forum.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Education
MEWATA has been conducting breast cancer awareness campaigns for three years now, since 2005. One of the prerequisite of the campaigns is to conduct a course for female health professionals, such as nurses and doctors on breast and cervical cancer. This is usually a full day session where the participants are reminded of the salient features of the cancers, for example risks, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and post treatment follow-up and palliative care.
The issue of screening is usually emphasized. Self breast examination on a monthly basis and cervical cancer screening is advocated to the participants and are encouraged to be doing it themselves and to teach the community to do it. The knowledge imparted to our colleagues in three regions of Dar, Mwanza and Mbeya, has helped a lot to increase their capacity to handle women with breast and cervical cancers and to conduct screening services to women in respective areas.
- MEWATA UPDATES ON CERVICAL CANCER INTERVENTIONS IN MWANZA REGION BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016
- 17th MEWATA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOVEMBER 2016
- 15th MEWATA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NOVEMBER 2015
- 65th session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa, in N'Djamena, Republic of Chad, 31 August- 4 Sept 2015
- Kahama Breast and Cervical cancer screening campaign