Giving children the chance to choose

We are delighted to share an important update from Tanzania following World Immunization week which takes place annually during the last week of April.

Chiku Lweno, our Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy Manager outlines the progress being made in creating an effective protocol for the delivery of vaccines.

According to UNICEF Vaccines save up to 3 million lives each year.

We have great news from Tanzania following World Immunization Week. The country is in transition to a digitalized primary health care and is also one of the first countries in Africa to digitalize immunization through the Better Immunization Data initiative (BID). It means that healthcare workers will be able to follow up with patients who have missed a vaccine, anticipate stockouts & spend less time in documentation.

Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective and lasting health investments, making them crucial for children in their early years because immunisation falls under key building blocks of quality Early Childhood Development; good health and protection. The government is currently coordinating stakeholders in the rollout of the Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development, an evidence-based roadmap on how improved policies and interventions can bring about better experience in their early years. Children in Crossfire Tanzania is among CSOs providing knowledge and support to caregivers in communities about actions they can take to safeguard the health of children.

Supported by PATH, the Government of Tanzania is implementing the Data Use Partnership (DUP) under the transformative Digital Health Investment Road Map intended to close key gaps so that Tanzania can make informed decisions within public health to strengthen health outcomes. Among key government priorities enlisted in the Country health plan for children under five include:

  • Neonatal mortality rate from 21 to 16 deaths per 1,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate from 45 to 25 deaths per 1,000 live births
  • Under-five mortality rate from 54 to 40 deaths per 1,000 live births

We hope you have read the Nurturing Care Framework so that you also can take action. If you haven’t read it, here is the link: https://bit.ly/2PwIhzx

“If we change the beginning of the story, we change the whole Story”

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