Mbulu and Hanang districts in Manyara Region, Tanzania.
April 2021 – August 2022
Globally, at least one third of the population in developing countries does not have access to safe drinking water. Safe water is especially critical for expectant women and children, who are the most vulnerable to water-borne diseases. In Tanzania, out of a population of 60 million, more than 17 million do not have access to safe water sources. Additionally, parts of Tanzania are water scarce, with an uneven distribution of available water across regions such as Manyara, where variable rainfall result in frequent droughts and floods.
The MomCare Program in Tanzania by PharmAccess implements a health insurance program targeting pregnant women and their new-borns. SaWa Bag is introduced as an additional benefit for the health of the women and child during their pregnancy. 4Life Solutions and PharmAccess have jointly implemented a safe drinking water project in Manyara Region in Tanzania, anchored in the MomCare programme by PharmAccess. The project involves distribution of 15,000 SaWa Bags to households in need of safe drinking water through pregnant mothers seeking pre-natal care in 20 health facilities in Mbulu and Hanang districts in Manyara Region, Tanzania. SaWa distribution is accompanied by end-user education conducted by midwives at point of distribution.
The overall objective of the MomCare Program by PharmAccess project is to improve the microbial drinking water quality and health among the women and their babies, while reducing deforestation in the targeted districts.
The project aims to achieve the following specific outcomes:
- Reduce the occurrence level of waterborne diseases.
- Increase access for pregnant women to antenatal, facility delivery and postnatal services
- Increased uptake of quality Maternal, New-born and Child Health services throughout the Patient Journey from pregnancy through birth to postnatal care
The project provided the inhabitants with safe drinking water. The project further delivered on multiple United Nations SDGs, among others: