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Despite enormous progress, health care in East Africa's largest country is inadequate. SolidarMed is committed to the health of mothers and children and protects people from diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Medical services in short supply

One in 7 people in Tanzania live in poverty. The state lacks the resources to maintain an effective, functional health system. Rural areas in particular lack both medical staff and the necessary infrastructure. In the districts of Malinyi, Mbulu, Kilombero and Ulanga, SolidarMed helps ensure that 714 000 people receive better medical care.

Tanzania in Numbers

  • Maternal mortality

    398 deaths per 100'000 births

  • Infant mortality under 5 years

    48.7 deaths per 1,000 births

  • HIV prevalence


  • Doctors per 10'000 persons

    0.4 (Switzerland: 44)

Tanzania in Numbers



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SolidarMed in Tanzania

SolidarMed improves the quality of health centres and hospitals in four rural districts in the south and north of the country. To this end, we train the staff, provide the necessary equipment and make targeted investments in the infrastructure of health facilities. This means that even in remote, rural areas, women can give birth under medical supervision. This considerably reduces the risk of mothers and their newborns dying as a result of childbirth complications.

Nursing staff training

Thanks to SolidarMed, the two nursing schools in Lugala and Ifakara meet national requirements. Every year, they train the nurses that Tanzania so urgently needs. SolidarMed provides the practical trainers with the knowledge they need to train their young colleagues. This improves the quality of the training, which ultimately also benefits the patients.

Nursing students with their instructor at Lugala School of Nursing. The classrooms are directly next to the hospital. This is where students complete their practical training and support the nursing staff.

Health counselling in the villages

Community health workers in the villages educate young people about family planning and contraception. They also provide information about infectious diseases such as HIV or malaria and explain how to protect oneself against them.

Women in Lupiro share their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth.


Karolin Pfeiffer MD MPH

Programmes Tanzania

Tel. +41 41 310 66 60

Our projects in Tanzania

SolidarMed focusses on the health of newborns, adolescents and new mothers. We also train urgently needed health personnel and support hospitals in their management processes.


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

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Das Länderprogramm Tansania wurde im Jahr 2021 von der Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit DEZA, Eidgenössisches Departement für auswärtige Angelegenheiten, mit einem Betrag von CHF 212’467 unterstützt.

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Your valuable donation allows us to significantly improve basic medical services in rural Tanzania. And strengthen the health system in the long-term. Thank you very much!