Tandabui Health Access Tanzania
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryThe name Tandabui (a Kiswahili word for spider web) denotes the organization’s central strategy of building institutional networks, linkages, and partnerships to foster equitable access to quality health care services.
Tandabui Health Access Initiative aims to decentralize HIV/AIDS care and treatment services from the referral hospital level to eight primary health care facilities in Mwanza Municipality. Currently, this program focuses on prevention and control of HIV and AIDS, community-based malaria control, and health promotion through behaviour change communication.
Key program components
Tandabui Health Access has managed to move HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services closer to the people by decentralizing the services from the referral hospital level to primary healthcare facilities in the project area - a process which involved training of the healthcare providers on HIV/AIDS care and treatment, regular procurement and distribution of essential commodities and supplies, prompt collection and analysis of specimens and delivery of results to clients, and routine supportive supervision to ensure the quality of services provided by the facilities. This project works to realize the improved access of quality health services and the well-being of poor and vulnerable people through health system strengthening and the social marketing of health systems, behaviours and products. They do this through programs such as Behaviour Change Communication and Social Accountability, Community Intervention, Media Intervention, Health System Strengthening, Preventive Health Screening Campaigns, and Development and Production of Human Resource for Health. Motorized tricycles are used to facilitate prompt collection of specimens from the care and treatment centres to Mwananchi Hospital. These motorized tricycles (commonly known in Tanzania as Bajaji) are used by Tandabui Health Access to collect specimens from the decentralised HIV/AIDS care and treatment centers and to deliver them to Mwananchi Hospital for laboratory analysis.