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. Pathfinder works with partner organizations The Nature Conservancy and the Frankfurt Zoological Society 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 establishment of community forest reserves
Since the beginning of 2015, Tuungane has scaled up its efforts from 6 pilot villages to all 24 villages in the Greater Mahale Ecosystem area.
Video produced by Pathfinder partner organization The Nature Conservancy.
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