ACQUIRE Tanzania Project
Country of Operation
- Engender HealthNot-for-profit
SummaryACQUIRE Tanzania reaches over 4,700 health facilities throughout the mainland and Zanzibar. It encompasses family planning, reproductive health, postabortion care, and HIV services for pregnant women.
ACQUIRE aims to make lasting improvements in the quality and availability of reproductive health care in Tanzania.
Key program components
To ensure that women have access to postabortion care, EngenderHealth trains doctors and midwives at 200 health facilities in mainland Tanzania and in Zanzibar to provide comprehensive postabortion care services, including emergency treatment of complications from abortion and miscarriage, counseling, referral, and infection prevention. The ATP also works to expand postabortion care services so that women can receive treatment at health centers and local dispensaries, not just at regional hospitals. In addition, EngenderHealth advocates for the integration of postabortion care into routine maternal care services. The project aims to expand contraceptive options by increasing the availability of long-acting and permanent methods of contraception (LA/PMs)—such as sterilization, hormonal implants, and intrauterine devices (IUDs)—as well as a range of other contraceptive methods, such as pills, condoms, and injectables. It also implements communication campaigns to increase awareness of LA/PMs and to address myths and misconceptions surrounding these methods, among other activities. EngenderHealth and its partners work in Iringa and Manyara regions to reduce the transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their children. The project offers a continuum of integrated maternal and child health by promoting voluntary counseling and testing for HIV, encouraging safer obstetric practices, mobilizing communities to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV, and conducting monitoring and evaluation, among other activities.
EngenderHealth leads the ACQUIRE Tanzania Project (ATP), a five-year (2007-2012) Associate Award that emerged from the global ACQUIRE Project. ATP is USAID/Tanzania's flagship family planning program.