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.


 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.


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