Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious public health concern and a human rights violation with negative consequences that impact people’s lives, particularly those of women, girls, and boys in many countries, and Tanzania is one of them.
The Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) through her mission of improving women, youth and children’s health recognise gender based violence as a health concern.
The UNFPA funding enabled MEWATA to develop the concept note, launch the 16 days of activism campaign, and carry a rapid assessment and community awareness sessions among community and health workers in the two districts of Shinyanga: Shinyanga district council and Shinyanga municipal.
1. Community members, women and men residing in the six selected wards
2. Health care providers
4. local authority, central and local government and council members
329 women were captured through structured questionnaire interview
-Awareness creation on health consequences on intimate partner violence
GBV is happening and has major impact in the community
They got knowledge on what GBV is and how they can report it from the community level to the health care
Recommendations /way forward (target any of the groups below, as it seems appropriate)
-Promote and support further research on social cultural issues facilitating intimate partner violence such as early marriage, forced marriage, widow inheritance, Ukango as explained
- Employ right based approach in reproductive health services as entry points for screening and supporting women in abusive relationships, and for delivering referral or support
• Government etc
-Develop, implement and monitor interventions aimed at primary prevention of intimate partner violence
Impact of GBV
Contribution of MEWATA on Women’s Health and Development in Tanzania
For over 23 years, the Medical Women Association of Tanzania has been concentrating in improving the health of women and children of Tanzania in line with its vision and mission as stipulated in its previous strategic plan (2006-2008). MEWATA recognizes the vulnerability of women in developing both health wise and economically and as a women professional association, it has a major role to play so as to rescue the current situation.
As a professional association, MEWATA initiatives contribute to national and international development agenda including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Tanzania Development Vision 2025 and MKUKUTA among others with main focus to women and children.
MEWATA initiatives in support of women health
The contribution of MEWATA in strengthening women’s health is mainly rooted in six thematic areas namely; Reproductive health cancers, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Human Resource for Health, Gender Based Violence, Family Planning and Medical Ethics.
- 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