The MEWATA strategic plan is a three year strategic document as from 2006 to 2008 that provides an overall framework of focus areas for MEWATA programme, projects and/or interventions. The Plan is informed by the national development frameworks and the identified needs from the Tanzanian society. It is committed to the Millenium Development Goals MDG as internationally agreed targets for reducing poverty, diseases and discrimination against women by 2015.
The document builds on experiences obtained by MEWATA members over the last eighteen years in medical and public health field.The Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) founded in 1987 and registered in October, 1989 as a voluntary non-governmental organization has its approximately 250 members who are women medical and dental practitioners registered/ licensed in Tanzania by the Medical Council of Tanganyika.
The main objective of the association is to provide organizational means for medical women to come together as a professional body and to project its outlook and image in the interest of the Society. MEWATA enable medical women professionals to identify health problems of priority in the community and utilize their existing skills and knowledge to facilitate the community and related structures address the health problems through research, service provision and advocacy.
Vision of MEWATA is ‘Healthy Tanzanian population accessing quality health services that are affordable and sustainable through efficient and effective support systems’
Its mission is to advocate for and facilitate provision of quality health services among women, young people, children and men through existing social systems and capacity building among health professionals.
MEWATA has two goals which include
- To contribute to national efforts of capacity development of health sector with particular focus on female medical professionals and health delivery systems. The other goal is
- To contribute to the improved quality of life and social well being of Tanzanians, with particular focus on women, young people, children and men.
MEWATA strategic plan has three thematic areas which include: Reproductive health & rights specifically focusing on reproductive system cancers, maternal health including family planning, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and gender based violence. The second thematic area is HIV/AIDS which focuses on PMTCT and HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Support. The third thematic area is Advancement of female medical professionals and MEWATA institutional development
To contribute to the goals, and achievement of results under the three thematic areas five key strategies will be employed which are Advocacy and Social Mobilization; Health Provision and Promotion; Partnership and collaboration ; Capacity Building and Research.