The Reproductive and Child Health Section was established in 1997 with an overall goal of contributing to improvement of quality of life of Tanzanians (men, women, adolescents and children) with emphasis on gender, equity and women empowerment for sustainable development.
The history of the Section dates back to a family planning project initiated by UMATI in 1959 in selected urban centres of Tanzania Mainland, namely Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Mwanza and Moshi. In 1961, maternal and child health services were established in hospitals and selected health centres, and expanded all over Tanzania by 1974.
In 1975, the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) was established to strengthen immunization services nationally. Likewise, a need to strengthen maternal health led to introduction of the Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI) in 1989, and official launch of the National Family Planning Program in the same year.
A major turning point for the reproductive and child health services came in 1994, following the resolution of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) which took place in Cairo - Egypt, urging countries to incorporate family planning into reproductive health, to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive health services.
In response to the ICPD resolution and plan of action, the Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Health, established the Reproductive and Child Health Section in 1997, under the Directorate of Preventive Services. At establishment, the Section comprised of six units/programmes namely: Family Planning, Safe Motherhood Initiative, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), School Health Program, and Community Based Health Care (CBHC).
Currently, the Section consists of the following nine programs: Family Planning; Safe Motherhood Initiative; Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT); Newborn and Child Health; Immunization and Vaccine Development; Reproductive Health Cancers; Adolescent Reproductive Health; Gender Based Violence and Violence Against Children; Reproductive and Child Health Commodities; and Management Information System and Research, as a complementary unit.
A healthy and well informed Tanzanian population with access to quality reproductive and child health services which are affordable, sustainable and provided through an efficient and effective support system.
To promote, facilitate and support in an integrated manner, delivery of comprehensive reproductive and child health services to men, women, adolescents and children in Tanzania.
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