“Sustainability of any association rests on the number of its members; if the association has no adequate number of members it will be hard for the association to have resources. But also even if the association has a lot money with no members, it many not move either. I commend the efforts reached by MEWATA so far and I believe that many more can be done but it takes a busy woman to do it…………….” Prof. Esther Mwaikambo
Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) is one of the few professional organizations founded in 1987 in an effort to address some of the issues of women’s health, to promote interests of women in the medical profession, to assist the development of promising young women professionals and to advance the health care of women and children.
The Founder and 1st chairperson of the association is Professor Esther Mwaikambo (1987-1993). In October 1989, MEWATA was registered as a voluntary, non-governmental organization. Its headquarters are in Dar es Salaam.
MEWATA is an association of medical women doctors and dental practitioners registered or licensed in Tanzania by the Medical Council of Tanganyika. It has 3 organs, the General Assembly, Executive committee and sub-committees and has 4 categories of membership; the Ordinary, Associate, Honorary and Student membership.