HTSP Background

The Extending Service Delivery Project (ESD) and the Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) began working together to promote Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy (HTSP) in November 2006, when MEWATA attended an ESD sponsored workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility in Reproductive Health and Family Planning.  Since then, MEWATA has worked with ESD to increase awareness of the health benefits of HTSP among the Ministry of Health, health care providers and clients through highlighting HTSP at its 2008 Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference and in the translation and adaptation of HTSP client and provider resources which were developed by ESD and Bayer Schering Pharma.  

Based on MEWATA’s strong interest in the promotion of HTSP, and its professional linkages across Tanzania to private sector providers focusing on women’s and children’s health, ESD proposes to work with MEWATA to establish it as the local representative organization of ESD’s Global HTSP Secretariat, and to enable it to function as a local secretariat and resource for HTSP related programs, activities and services.


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