Project profile — Owning their Reproductive Health Choices: Tanzanian Women and Girls Decide


Marie Stopes Tanzania
2018-03-28 - 2022-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Tanzania (100.00%)


• Reproductive health care:
Reproductive health care (13020) (60.00%)
Family planning (13030) (30.00%)
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)


This project fully supports the Ministerial commitment of contributing $650M over three years in support of SRHR initiatives and the Ministerial priority of empowering women and girls. It also contributes to the Africa target. The project would address critical gaps in SRHR in Tanzania by partnering with Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST), the country’s largest specialised SRHR and family planning organization. Through support to MST’s outreach teams and network of clinics, the project would reduce unintended pregnancies and improve women & girls’ access to youth friendly, life-saving reproductive health services, including modern contraceptives and post-abortion care (unsafe abortion is a major cause of maternal death).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved access to high quality sexual and reproductive health (especially family planning and comprehensive post-abortion care) products and services among women and girls in Tanzania (especially youth-friendly service provision); and (2) improved utilisation of sexual and reproductive health (especially family planning and comprehensive post-abortion care) services by women and girls in Tanzania.

Results achieved 

The 5-year (2018-2023) GAC-funded Tanzanian Women and Girls Decide project aimed to empower women and girls to control their bodies and their fertility by providing access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services using outreach vehicle, integrated services in government clinics and services at Marie Stopes Tanzania’s (MST) own clinics. At the end of the project, December 2022, the MST has cumulatively reached 693,407 clients with comprehensive quality family planning (FP) services (605,494 females and 27,913 males) which is 147% against the project’s target and generated 2,207,394 couple Years Protection. 75,152 or 11% of total clients reached cumulatively were adolescents (15–19 years of age) (66,512 females and 8,640 males) averting an estimated 1,740 maternal deaths, 989,447 unintended pregnancies, and 263,081 unsafe abortions. 20,591 women accessed safe post-abortion care services from MST Centres whereby 48% accessed safe post abortion care services from MST centers through waiver system.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
21-06-2022 Disbursement $2,181,855
21-03-2023 Disbursement $388,925
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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