Project profile — Health System Strengthening for Primary and Reproductive Health Care


Government of Tanzania - Ministry of Finance
2016-12-06 - 2021-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Tanzania (100.00%)


• Basic health care:
Basic health care (12220) (50.00%)
Basic health infrastructure (12230) (10.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (10.00%)
• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (10.00%)
Reproductive health care (13020) (5.00%)
Family planning (13030) (5.00%)
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 (not targeted)
• 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)


This project, in partnership with Tanzania's Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, and local government authorities, is supporting the achievement of results of the Government of Tanzania's National Road Map Strategic Plan to Accelerate the Reduction of Preventable Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths in Tanzania (2016 – 2020); a sub-strategy of Tanzania's Fourth Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSPIV). This initiative emphasizes the delivery of essential health services at the district level, strengthening the health system referral pyramid, from community to national level; improving central support systems (including infrastructure, health management information systems, essential medicines and commodities, and information communications technology); addressing human resources for health shortage and distribution; improving the level, appropriateness and sustainability of health care financing; and promoting public private partnership. The implementation of the National Road Map Strategic Plan to Accelerate the Reduction of Preventable Maternal, Newborn and Child Deaths in Tanzania is focused on improving the management and delivery of primary health care services to improve maternal, newborn and child health. Canada is one of several donors supporting the Government of Tanzania's pooled fund for the health sector to improve governance and to strengthen the health system performance. Since 2006, Canada has been working in close collaboration with other donors and the Government of Tanzania to focus on effective, transparent, and accountable country systems; increase donor coordination and harmonization; and strengthen mutual accountability. This support also fosters greater policy dialogue among donors, government and partners, thus helping to strengthen efforts for effective, focused aid, as well as long-term development results.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes of the project include: (1) improved delivery of gender-sensitive essential services to women, newborns and children under five, particularly in underserved areas; and (2) strengthened governance and accountability in the health sector, particularly for MNCH.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (June 2021) include: (1) 90% of women initiated breastfeeding within the first hour, up from 58% in the project’s 2016 fiscal year; (2) 90% of health facilities have continuous availability of 30 tracer medicines, up from 60% in the project’s 2016 fiscal year; (3) the number of institutional deliveries reached 81%, up from 65% in the project’s 2016 fiscal year; and (4) 36% of women of reproductive age are using modern family planning, up from 34% in the project’s 2016 fiscal year. The Government of Tanzania achieved these results through the Government of Canada and other international donors support.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Basket funds/pooled funding
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