Tuungane: Creating a Healthy Future for People and the Natural Resources They Depend On
The Greater Mahale Ecosystem (GME) is home to more than 90 percent of Tanzania’s endangered chimpanzees and more than 300 species of fish. The human population in GME is growing rapidly in conditions of extreme poverty and ill health. This population, health, and environment project is an integrated rural development initiative that addresses reproductive health and natural resource management. The project partners—The Nature Conservancy, Frankfurt Zoological Society, and Pathfinder—are working together to achieve the overarching goal of reducing threats to biodiversity conservation and natural resources degradation in the GME, while simultaneously improving health of the communities by increasing sustainable livelihoods and increasing access to contraceptives, adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, and child health, and primary healthcare services.
Initial measures to strengthen local governance, and the community development of action plans to conserve ecosystems, set the stage for the continued success of integrated activities. Some features of the project include:
- Land and fisheries management
- Health system strengthening
- Reproductive health demand, supply, and services
- Community conservation microfinance banks
- The estabhlishment of community forest reserves
Tuungane intends to scale up from six pilot villages to all 24 villages in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem area.
In a year of remarkable achievement, including Pathfinder’s landmark victory at the US Supreme Court and our return to Bangladesh with a $53.8 million project, what was most exciting? The answer—integration—is the theme of Pathfinder’s 2013 Annual Report.
Sustainable Development in East Africa: Lessons from Four Population, Health, and Environment Projects
The integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) approach is based on the premise that people’s health and the environments in which they live are inextricably linked.This publication features insights from four ongoing PHE projects in East Africa.
In 2012, Pathfinder went where the need was greatest—the places where women, men, and young people must fight every day to defend their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This annual report explores our successes during fiscal year 2012.
Assessment of Health Facilities and Health-Seeking Behavior in the Greater Mahale Valley - The Tuungane Project
Recognizing that healthy ecosystems enable people to live healthier lives, Pathfinder conducted a rapid needs assessment of the area’s health facilities and communities in the Greater Mahale Valley in Tanzania.
Using Community Scorecards, this project empowers citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.
This project sought to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Institutional capacity building was a key component of the project.
This project provided technical assistance and support to local organizations in Uganda and Tanzania, with the goal of improving each grantees organizational capacity to affect health and community systems strengthening.
Haroon Mokhtarzada writes about his recent visit to Pathfinder's Health of People and Environment project in the Lake Victoria Basin, Uganda.
Tanzania will likely fall short of its 2015 reproductive health targets, which aim to reduce one million abortions, 2.9 million unintended births, and 18,000 maternal deaths that occur every year because of poor of access to family planning services.