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Tuungane “Let’s Unite”

In 24 remote and rural villages around Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania, people struggle to protect their health and the environment they depend on for survival. In close partnership with The Nature Conservancy, we are improving access to reproductive health services while simultaneously empowering communities to address issues related to the environment, food security, and their livelihoods.

Project Date: 2011 - present
Funder: The USAID-funded Advancing Partners and Communities project, led by John Snow, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; individual donors; Carolyn Foundation; William H. Donner Foundation; Longview Foundation; Philip Stoddard and Adele Smith Brown Foundation; Swift Foundation; Trull Foundation; the Wiancko Charitable Foundation; USAID Tanzania through the Evidence to Action Project
Country: Tanzania
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10,000+ deliveries in health facilities in 2015—an over 550% increase in one year

10,500+ new family planning users—a 30x increase

1,200 fishers and other stakeholders joined Tuungane Beach Management Units to share sustainable fishing practices

331 model households established, serving as learning sites for positive conservation & healthy behaviors, like contraception & latrine use

What We Do

  • Train health providers and rehabilitate health facilities so people receive the quality sexual and reproductive health care they need and deserve
  • Make sure essential drugs and supplies, including contraceptives, are always available in the hardest-to-reach villages
  • Help women and girls gain control over their sexual and reproductive health, so they can earn income and participate in decision-making in their communities
  • Present information about conservation and reproductive health at the same time, so men are more engaged and willing to support their partner’s choice to use contraception
  • Create and support teams of local fishers and farmers so they can lead efforts to protect the lake and forests for future generations
  • Encourage leaders in the local, regional, and national governments to broaden the reach of programs like Tuungane across East Africa

Project Staff Members

Sono Aibe

Senior Program Advisor

Sono focuses on program development in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Myanmar but also previously in...

Cara Honzak

Senior Technical Advisor for Population, Health, & Environment

Cara has more than 15 years of experience focused on cross-sectoral international development...

Cheryl Margoluis

Senior Technical Advisor for Population, Health, & Environment

Cheryl has 20 years of experience working in international development, 15 of those living in Latin America....

Joseph Komwihangiro

Senior Country Director

A medical doctor with more than 15 years of experience leading and managing donor-funded health programs in Tanzania, Dr. Komwihangiro combines his technical experience with his passion for helping...

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