Astarte in Tanzania
Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania (UMATI) was established in 1959 as the local affiliate of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). In 1990, UMATI began providing family planning services directly and expanded to include other reproductive health services. UMATI now provides safe motherhood services, STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and management. The organization also provides medical management for survivors of gender-based violence along with family planning services.
Tanzania has hosted refugees from the Great Lakes region for over 30 years. Many of these refugees fled civil wars in their home country; one such example was Burundi's 1972 civil war which sent over half a million people to Tanzania, fleeing from war. Despite voluntary repatriation programs, Tanzania still hosts nearly 275,000 refugees.
UMATI implemented a family planning project to serve more than 460,000 Burundian, Congolese and Rwandan refugees in 12 camps. Awarded an Astarte small grant for a year-long program, the organization worked to help NGOs providing health care in 12 camps prioritize quality family planning. This increased access to reproductive health services for many women who might otherwise may have not had access.
After the Grant:
According to UMATI, many of the implementing partners, providing health care in the camps, continue to prioritize family planning services. UMATI remains a lead organization providing quality reproductive health services to refugees in Tanzania and collaborated with Astarte and the Reproductive Health Response in Crisis Consortium (RHRC) to improve adolescent reproductive health programming. Since receiving the Astarte small grant, UMATI has leveraged its expertise in reproductive health. Through funds provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UMATI continues to train family planning promoters and community health workers from other camps.