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The maternal mortality ratio in Tanzania in 2014 was 398 per 100,000 live births. The infant mortality rate in that same year was 37 per 1,000 live births. The contraceptive prevalence among married women is only 34% and the average number of children born to a woman during her lifetime is 5.2. The Tanzanian government, like many others in sub-Saharan Africa, has pledged to curb maternal and newborn death rates, expand the use of contraceptives, and reduce the average number of children born to each woman. However, an underfunded health sector and decentralized health care services continue to plague the health of women and their families. As a result, maternal and newborn mortalities remain high, and 25 percent of women continue to experience unmet demand for family planning.

Family planning and maternal health have become two particularly important concerns in Tanzania. Aside from being health issues to the population, they have become economic issues as well since Tanzania’s population is projected to reach 66.8 million by 2025 due to its current fertility and mortality rates remaining stable. This could have detrimental effects on the economy and health of the population. In addition, Tanzania also struggles with Malaria. It is estimated that 60,000-80,000 malaria deaths occur annually. The prevalence of malaria is estimated at 10-12 million clinical malaria cases annually, which is slightly more than 40% of all outpatient attendance.

In Tanzania, TRAction is working in the areas of equitable healthcare access, recognition of maternal complications and warning signs, to help address their main concern of family planning and maternal health. TRAction is also working to determine the effectiveness of insecticide treated durable wall liners to help with malaria prevention.

Source: PRB 2014 World Population Data Sheet.

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