Tanzania Press Material

Engaging communities to tackle cholera in Tanzania

29 January 2016

Engaging communities along the Duma river Simiyu Region, January 2016 - Simiyu is among the 22 regions in Tanzania which have been hard hit by the cholera outbreak in the country. The region started reporting cholera on 24th December 2015. By 20th January, 2016 a total of 153 cases had been reported out of which 115 occurred in the previous 14 days.

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Tanzania’s new Minister of Health fact finding operation on the current Cholera Outbreak in the country

16 December 2015

The Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Hon Ummy Mwalimu and Deputy Minister, Hon. Dr. Hamis Kigwangala, conducting a press Conference on the cholera situation in Tanzania. The Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Hon. Ummy Mwalimu (MP), conducted a fact finding operation on the Cholera outbreak currently ongoing in the country.  Her programme included a Cholera Press Conference, an inspection of Mburahati Cholera Treatment Centre and an observation of DAWASCO water pipes in a sewerage trench in Manzese Ward. WHO staff were present in all the Minister’s activities.

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WHO joins Presidential National Cleaning Campaign to stop spread of cholera in the United Republic of Tanzania

10 December 2015

One of the water bowsers provided by WHO Dar es Salaam, 10 December 2015 - Tanzania is currently experiencing a severe Cholera Outbreak which started in mid-August 2015.  Recently, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, called on all in the country to commemorate Uhuru (Independence) Day on the 9th of December 2015, by focusing on “a major cleanup campaign aimed at contributing to stopping the spread of cholera in the country”.

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WHO steps up response to stop severe cholera outbreak in Tanzania

10 December 2015

Community Health Officer delivering health education on cholera in one of the affected communities. Dar es Salaam, 10 December 2015 – Tanzania's cholera outbreak, which began in late August 2015, has progressively spread to more than half of country's regions, affecting thousands of people. Months into the response, local capacities and resources are overstretched; prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify the outbreak an organization-wide priority, enabling it to deploy additional resources to contain the disease’s spread.As of 8 December, 10 412 cases and 159 deaths have been reported in 21 of the…

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The World Health Organization Provides Equipment And Vehicles To Strengthen Disease Surveillance, Nutrition And Maternal And Child Health Care Services

10 December 2015

The WHO Representative, Dr. Rufaro Chatora handing over an ECG machine to the Chief Medical Officer Dar es Salaam, 10 December 2015 - The WHO Tanzania country office provided the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare equipment to strengthen disease surveillance, nutrition and maternal and child health care services in the country.

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The Annual Conference for Regional and District Medical Officers kicks off in the United Republic of Tanzania, 8th -11th September, 2015.

09 September 2015

The Annual Conference for Regional and District Medical Officers kicks off in the United Republic of Tanzania, 8th -11th September, 2015. Dar es Salaam, 9 September 2015 - The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with support from the World Health Organization, is hosting the Annual Conference for Regional and District Medical Officers to deliberate on how to strengthen health service delivery in the country.

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Cholera outbreak threatens four regions in Tanzania

04 September 2015

WHO Representative, Dr. Rufaro Chatora, interacting with the school children from affected communities to gauge awareness on cholera prevention measures. Dar es Salaam, 4 September 2015 – An on-going large-scale cholera outbreak has left thirteen people dead and affected 815 people in Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Pwani and Iringa regions in Tanzania. WHO has ramped up its emergency response to support Tanzania's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to prevent more cases and treat people who have contracted the water-borne disease. But additional resources are urgently needed to contain further spread of the disease.

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WHO supports the cholera outbreak response efforts in Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Pwani Regions in Tanzania

28 August 2015

The WHO Representative, Dr. Rufaro Chatora hands over to the Permanent Secretary one of the water treatment tablets Dar es Salaam, 28 August 2015 - The WHO Tanzania Country Office provided the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare water treatment supplies and disinfectants to strengthen the Cholera Outbreak response in the country. Items handed over included: 1,000 cartons of Water Guard (2,400,000 tablets) and 100 litres of Cresol Saponated Liquid (LYSOL), all worth a total of US$ 21,130 equivalent to Tanzania Shillings TShs 42,260,000. In addition to these items, WHO has committed to provide funds nearly TShs 174,000,000/=…

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