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MSF in Tanzania, 2002
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Focus on communicable diseases
MSF's work in United Republic of Tanzania focuses on communicable diseases such as cholera and malaria. The medical teams work closely with local health facilities to prepare for and respond to disease outbreaks, supervising pharmacies and training local health workers. Related activities include advocating for effective malaria medicines and a change in protocol at the national level; and expanding access to clean water to prevent cholera and other diarrheal diseases.
In January 2002, MSF responded to an outbreak of cholera in Zanzibar, treating 585 patients, and provided support to fight smaller outbreaks in several other parts of the country, including Kigoma, Pwani, Lindi and Mtwara.
Education and community awareness are an important aspect of MSF's work in Tanzania. As part of the program in Kigoma, MSF works with local singing, dancing and drama groups to spread information about malaria, and prepares public service messages for radio broadcast.
In addition to providing safe sources of water, MSF uses a participatory approach to raise community awareness about health and sanitation. To prevent the spread of cholera, it distributed health posters to villages targeted in the cholera preparedness project. New districts have been identified for the next phase of the program, where health workers will be trained in cholera management.
MSF also continues to support a program focused on mother-and-child health in Mtwara, including rehabilitation of 33 health facilities.
MSF has been working in United Republic of Tanzania since 1993.