Friday, August 01, 2014

Maonesho ya Nane Nane yafunguliwa rasmi leo mkoani Lindi

Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akikata utepe kama ishara ya uzinduzi wa Maonesho ya kilimo ya nane nane kitaifa mwaka huu katika viwanja vya Ngongo Mkoani Lindi leo.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akisalimiana na Viongozi mbali mbali wakati alipowasili katika Viwanja vya Ngongo yanapofanyika maonesho ya Kilimo ya nane nane kitaifa Mkoani Lindi.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akipata maelezo katika banda la Benki kuu ya Tanzania BOT katika maonesho ya kilimo ya nane nane kitaifa Mkoani Lindi katika viwanja vya Ngongo.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akipata maelezo katika banda la sekta ya Afya katika maonesho ya kilimo ya nane nane kitaifa yanayofaanyika Mkoani Lindi katika viwanja vya Ngongo.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Dk.Geoffrey Mkamito Mtafiti wa Mazao ya Mizizi, katika banda la Bodi ya Korosho katika maonesho ya kilimo ya nane nane kitaifa yanayofaanyika Mkoani Lindi katika viwanja vya Ngongo.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akipata maelezo kutoka kwa Meneja Biashara na Masoko Numwagile A.Mwaijumba wa Shirika la Nyumbu kuhusu mashine ya utengenezaji wa matofali ya udongo katika maonesho ya kilimo ya nane nane kitaifa yanayofaanyika Mkoani Lindi katika viwanja vya Ngongo.
Rais wa Zanzibar na Mwenyekiti wa Baraza la Mapinduzi Dk.Ali Mohamed Shein akizungumza na wananchi wa manispaa ya Lindi Mjini na Vitongoji vyake baada ya kuzindua rasmi maonesho ya kilimo ya nane nane kitaifa katika viwanja vya Ngongo leo Mkoani Lindi. [Picha na Ramadhan Othman Lindi.]


Rais Kikwete awasili Washington kuhudhuria Mkutano wa Viongozi wa Wakuu wa Nchi na Serikali wa Amerika na Africa (US-Africa Leaders summit)

Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete akisalimiana na baadhi ya maafisa waliofika kumpokea wakati akiwasili katika Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Dulles tayari kwa Mkutano wa Viongozi wa Wakuu wa Nchi na Serikali wa Amerika na Africa (US-Africa Leaders summit) uliondaliwa na Rais Barack Obama wa unaotaraji kuanza Agosti 4-hadi 6, 2014, ambao utatanguliwa na mikutano mingine ya maendeleo ya sekta mbalimbali na uwekezaji (2-3 Agosti, 2014) jijini Washington DC. Kushoto ni Balozi wa Tanzania nchini Marekani,Balozi Liberata Mulamula.
Rais Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete na Mkewe Mama Salma Kikwete wakisalimiana na baadhi ya maafisa wa Ubalozi wa Tanzania nchini Marekani wakati walipowasili kwenye Uwanja wa Ndege wa Kimataifa wa Dulles.PICHA NA IKULU.


TAARIFA KWA UMMA: MABADILIKO YA MUDA WA SAA ZA KAZI KATIKA OFISI ZA MFUKO WA TAIFA WA BIMA YA AFYA


KAMPUNI YA BIMA YA RESOLUTION ILIVYOKUTANA NA WATEJA WAKE

Kampuni ya Bima ya Resolution mwishoni mwa wiki iliyoisha iliaanda hafla ya kufuturisha wateja wake katika hoteli ya Serena, jijini Dar es Salaam. Hafla ilihudhuriwa na Sheikh Msaidizi wa Dar es Salaam, Sheikh Athuman Makumbaku.

Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari wakati wa hafla hiyo, Meneja Mkuu wa Resolution Insurance nchini Tanzania, Bwana Oscar Osir alisema, "Tunawashukuru sana kwamba mmehudhuria hafla hii na tunawapongeza kwa uvumilivu wenu katika mwezi huu mkuu wa Ramadhan.”.

Naye Sheikh Makumbaku alisema, "Kwa niaba ya ndgug zangu Waislamu ningependa kuwashukuru Resolution Insurance kwa kutukumbuka wakati wa Mwezi huu Mtukufu wa Ramadhan. Pia ningependa kuwahimiza Waislamu wenzangu kutia maanani amri wakati wa Mwezi Mtukufu. Tuonesha upendo na uvumilivu kwa wote, kusameheana na kuwasaidia wale ambao hawana uwezo wa kujisaidia”.

Bwana Osir alimaliza kwa kusema, "Tunashukuru sana kwa ushirikiano wenu kwani ndiyo inatupa motisha ya kuendelea kuwapa huduma bora zaidi. Katika shughuli za kuwapa Huduma zilizo bora zaidi na zinazoweza kuwahudumia ukiwa hapa nchini na hata sehemu yeyote duniani. Ningependa pia kuwahakikishia kuwa tutaendelea kuwapa bidhaa bora na kuwasikiliza ili tutimize mahitaji yenu".
Meneja Mkuu wa Resolution Insurance, Oscar Osir akizungumza na wageni waalikwa wakati wa Futari iliyoandaliwa na Resolution Insurance iliyofanyika katika Hoteli ya Serena jijini Dar es Salaam mwishoni mwa wiki.
Sheikh Mkuu msaidizi wa Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Athuman Mkambaku akizungumza na wageni waalikwa wakati wa Futari iliyoandaliwa na Resolution Insurance iliyofanyika katika Hoteli ya Serena jijini Dar es Salaam mwishoni mwa wiki.
Wageni waalikwa wakipata Futari iliyoandakliwa Resolution Insurance iliyofanyika katika Hoteli ya Serena jijini Dar es Salaam mwishoni mwa wiki.
Baadhi ya wageni waalikwa wakiwa katika picha ya pamoja mara baada ya futari iliyoandaliwa na Resolution Insurance iliyofanyika katika Hoteli ya Serena jijini Dar es Salaam mwishoni mwa wiki.


TBL yawaleta makocha toka Barcelona,Watatoa Mafunzo kwa Makocha wa Kizalendo

Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Maendeleo ya Vijana kutoka Wizara ya Habari, Vijana, Utamaduni na Michezo Bi Juliana Yassoda (Katikati) akiongea na Wanahabari (Hawapo pichani) kuhusu makocha wa Timu ya Barcelona kutoka nchini Hispania ambao wako nchini kwa ajili ya mafunzo ya makocha wa Tanzania yatakayofanyika kwa muda wa siku mbili.Wengine picha toka kulia ni Balozi wa Spain nchini Mh. Luis Manuel Ceuesta Civis, Mkurugenzi wa Masoko wa TBL,Kushila Thomas,Kocha Isaac Oriol Guerrero Hernandes,Kocha Daniel Bigas Alsina.mafunzo hayo yanatolewa kwa ushirikiano na Kampuni ya  Bia Tanzania (TBL).
Balozi wa Hispania nchini Tanzania Mh. Luis Manuel Ceuesta Civis (Kulia) akiongea na Makocha kutoka Timu ya Barcelona ya nchini Hispania katika mkutano wa Wanahabari uliofanyika jijini Dar es Salaam jana (leo), makocha hao wapo nchini kwa ajili ya kutoa mafunzo ya siku mbili kwa makocha wazalendo, wa kwanza kushoto ni Kocha Daniel Bigas Alsina na katikati ni Kocha Isaac Oriol Guerrero Hernandes
Kocha Isaac Oriol Guerrero Hernandes kutoka timu ya Barcelona ya nchini Hispania (katikati) akitoa maelezo kwa wanahabari (hawapo pichani) kuhusu mafunzo ya siku mbili watakayotoa kwa makocha 30 wakizalendo.kulia ni Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Idara ya Maendeleo ya Vijana Bi. Juliana Yassoda na wa kwanza kushoto ni kocha Kocha Daniel Bigas Alsina.
Makocha wa Kizalendo 30 ambao wanatarajiwa kupewa mafunzo ya siku mbili kutoka kwa makocha wa Barcelona wakiwa katika picha ya pamoja Picha zote na Benjamin Sawe kutoka Kitengo cha Mawasiliano Serikalini WHVUM


Mpigie Kura Mdau Richard Magumba

Mpigie Kura Mdau Richard Magumba kupitia Filamu yake ya SHEGENA iliyoingia kwenye kinyang'anyiro cha Tuzo za Filamu Fupi zinazoandaliwa na Focus on Ability.

BOFYA LINK HAPO CHINI KWENDA KUMPIGIA KURA.


TPDC YAENDESHA SEMINA KWA WANAHABARI KUHUSU UCHIMBAJI WA GESI NA MAFUTA KATIKA HOTELI YA OCEANIC BAY $ RESORT, BAGAMOYO LEO

Kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Shirika la Maendeleo ya Mafuta na Petroli Tanzania (TPDC), James Andilile (kulia), akitoa ufafanuzi wa masuala mbalimbali kuhusu uchimbaji wa gesi na mafuta. Kutoka kushoto ni Rais wa Umoja wa Waandishi wa Habari Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Jane Mihanje na Mkurugenzi mstaafu wa TPDC, Yona Killagane.
Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Mipango na Mikakati wa TPDC, Dk.Wellington Hudson, akitoa mada katika semina hiyo.
Kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Shirika la Maendeleo ya Mafuta na Petroli Tanzania (TPDC), James Andilile (wa tatu kulia), akiwa na viongozi wengine katika semina hiyo. Kutoka kushoto ni Mkurugenzi mstaafu wa TPDC, Mr Killagane, Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Mipango na Mikakati wa TPDC, Dk.Wellington Hudson, Rais wa Vilabu vya Waandishi wa Habari Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Jane Mihanje, Kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Shirika la Maendeleo ya Mafuta na Petroli Tanzania (TPDC), James Andilile, Kaimu Mkurugenzi wa Masoko na Vitega Uchumi wa TPDC, Mhandisi Joyce Kisamo na Kaimu Meneja wa Utafutaji wa TPDC Kelvin Komba.
Kaimu Meneja wa Utafutaji wa TPDC, Kelvin Komba akitoa mada katika semina hiyo.
Rais wa Vilabu vya Waandishi wa Habari Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Jane Mihanje akizungumza katika semina hiyo.
Sehemu ya Wadau walioshiriki Semina hiyo.
Kaimu Mkurugenzi Mkuu wa Shirika la Maendeleo ya Mafuta na Petroli Tanzania (TPDC), James Andilile (kulia), na wenzake wakifuatilia kwa makini mada zilizokuwa zikitolewa
kuhusu uchimbaji wa gesi na mafuta. Kutoka kushoto ni Rais wa Umoja wa Waandishi wa Habari Mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, Jane Mihanje na Mkurugenzi mstaafu wa TPDC, Yona Killagane.
Ofisa Habari wa TPDC, Malick Munisi (kushoto), akiwaelekeza jambo wanahabari kuhusu semina hiyo. 
Mwanahabari wa Radio Times, Hellen Kwavava akiuliza swali kwenye semina hiyo.
Wanahabari wakiwa kwenye semina hiyo.
Kaimu Meneja Mawasiliano wa TPDC, Sebastian Shana (wa pili kushoto), akiwa kwenye semina hiyo.
Wapiga picha wa vyombo mbalimbali wakichukua picha wakati viongozi wa TPDC wakijibu maswali.Imeandaliwa na www.habari za jamii.com.


HOTUBA YA RAIS KIKWETE KWA WANANCHI KWA MWEZI JULAI 2014


Times Fm, M2 Advertising na makampuni rafiki wajitolea kwa watoto wanaoishi katika mazingira magumu shule ya ‘Wamato’

Mkurugenzi wa 100.5 Times Fm, Rehure Nyaulawa akizungumza na watoto wanaolelewa kwenye Shule ya msingi Wamato (hawapi pichani) wakati walipowatembelea.
100.5 Times Fm kwa kushirikiana na makampuni ya MeTL, Shamo, Simba Trailer, Hugo Domingo, M2 Advertising, Ifatar, kampuni ya vipodozi ya Darling walijitolea na kupata chakula cha jioni kwa watoto wanaoishi katika mazingira magumu wanaosomeshwa katika shule ya msingi Wamato kwa udhamini wa taasisi ya Help2Kids.

Tukio hilo lililofanyika wiki iliyopita liliambatana na michezo mbalimbali na hotuba zilizolenga katika mipango ya kuisaidia zaidi shule hiyo ya msingi ya Wamato iliyoko eneo la Mbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam ili kuhakikisha watoto hao wanapata elimu bora zaidi kwa maisha ya baadae.

Akiongea na 100.5 Times Fm, mwanzilishi wa kituo hicho Bi. Basila Chuwa ameishukuru taasisi ya Help2Kids kwa kuendelea kuisaidia shule hiyo kwa kila hali pamoja na makampuni yote yaliyojitokeza kuhakikisha yanakuwa karibu na kituo hicho kwa lengo la kusaidia huku akitoa wito kwa makampuni mengi zaidi kuiga mfano huo kwa kuwa serikali imelemewa.

Mwanzilishi wa Kituo cha MAWATO,Bi. Basila Chuwa
“Nilikuwa na shirika la wa Canada lilikuwa linaitwa Canadian Christian Child Fund, ile ilinisaidia kwa miaka zaidi ya kumi. Walikuwa wanafanya vitu vingi sana. Walijenga hata majengo haya, walikuwa wanasaidia nguo, walikuwa wanawaangalia hata nyumbani wazazi. Hata sabuni ya kufulia walikuwa wanawapatia na chakula. Lakini sasa hivi...serikali haiwezi kutusaidia kila kitu (serikali yenyewe imelemewa).”

Ameeleza kuwa nia yake ni kuanzia ‘daycare’ sehemu ambayo watoto watakuwa wanaachwa kwa siku nzima wakisoma na kuangaliwa huku wazazi wao wakiwa katika mihangaiko kisha wanawapitia jioni wakielekea majumnbani. Lakini upungufu wa majengo ni moja kati ya kikwazo kikubwa.

Amesema mpango huo wa ‘daycare’ ni bora zaidi ya kuwa na kituo cha kuwatunza moja kwa moja watoto kwa kuwa kufanya hivyo kutaendelea kuwaweka karibu na malezi ya familia na malezi ya kituo pia.
Mkurugenzi wa 100.5 Times Fm, Rehure Nyaulawa akizungumza jambo na baadhi ya watoto hao.

Naye Mkurugenzi wa 100.5 Times Fm, Rehure Nyaulawa amesema Times Fm inaendelea kutoa misaada katika jamii na inakuwa sio tu sehemu ya jamii bali sehemu ya msaada pia kadri inavyowezekana na kwamba kwa kipindi hiki wameamua kusaidia pia katika upande wa elimu kwa watoto ili kutengeneza viongozi bora wa baadae.

“Times Fm ni radio ambayo inapenda kujishughulisha na shughuli za kijamii katika kusaidia jamii na kama tunavyosema kwamba tusisubiri wafadhili, serikali ama taasisi ije kutusaidia. Kwa sisi wenyewe tunaona kile kidogo tulichonacho tunajaribu kukaa na wadau tunatengeneza mipango tunakuja tunafanya vitu kama hivi vya kusaidia watoto au communities mbalimbali.” Amesema Rehule Nyaulawa.

Amesema shirika la M2 Advertising liliguswa na shughuli za awali za kijamii zilizokuwa zikifanywa na Times Fm awali kama kusaidia watu wenye ulemavu wa ngozi (albino), kupaka rangi na kutoa vifaa kwa kituo cha polisi cha Kawe, hivyo shirika hilo kaamua kuungana na mazoezi hayo ya kimaendelea na kuyavuta makampuni mengine pia.

Bwana Rehure ameyashukuru makampunii yote yaliyoshirikiana na 100.5 Times Fm na kuendelea kutoa wito kwa makampuni mengi zaidi kuungana na kituo hicho cha radio.

“Hili tulilifanya kama lilivyo na nafikiri ni njia nzuri ya kuanzia au kuwafuata na kuwaambia ‘jamani tulifanya moja basi twendeni kwenye lingine na lingine’, na pia mashirika mengine ambayo yanahisi kwamba yanaweza kufanya basi nayakaribisha.”

Kupitia mtandao wa Twitter, shirika la Help2Kids lilitoa shukurani zake kwa makampuni yote yaliyosaidia katika kukamilisha tukio hilo.

“help2kids would like 2 say thank u 2 @M2Advertising & @TimesFMTZ 4 such a wonderful event yesterday. U truly warmed a lot of child's hearts” Walitweet Help2Kids.


CHUO CHA CBE CHAZINDUA MAADHIMISHO YA MIAKA 50 JIJINI DAR, WADAU MBALIMBALI WAPONGEZA UBORA WA ELIMU INAYOTOLEWA

Mbunge wa Ilala Mh. Mussa Zungu ambaye alikuwa mgeni rasmi wakati wa Uzinduzi wa Maadhimisho ya miaka 50 ya Chuo cha Elimu ya Biashara Dar es salaam (CBE) akikata utepe kuashiria uzindunzi wa maadhimisho ya chuo hicho kutimiza miaka 50 tangu kuanzishwa kwake katika hafla iliyofanyika leo jijini Dar es salaam.
Viongozi mbalimbali waliohudhuria hafla ya uzinduzi wa maadhimisho ya miaka 50 ya Chuo cha Elimu ya Biashara Dar es salaam (CBE) wakiangalia moja ya picha ya kumbukumbu ya Baba wa Taifa Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere iliyopigwa wakati akifungua Chuo hicho Januari, 1965. Kutoka kushoto ni Mkuu wa chuo hicho Prof. Emanuel Mjema, Mh. Musa Zungu (Mb) jimbo la Ilala,Mke wa Waziri Mkuu Mama Tunu Pinda,Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Chuo hicho Prof. Mathew Luhanga na Prof.Eliuta Mwageni Makamu Mkuu wa Chuo Utawala na Fedha.
Viongozi mbalimbali waliohudhuria hafla ya uzinduzi wa maadhimisho ya miaka 50 ya Chuo cha Elimu ya Biashara Dar es salaam (CBE) wakiwa katika picha ya pamoja wakiongozwa na Mbunge wa Ilala Mh. Mussa Zungu na Mke wa Waziri Mkuu, Mama Tunu Pinda (katikati). Nyuma ni bango lenye picha ya kumbukumbu ya Baba wa Taifa Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere iliyopigwa wakati akifungua Chuo hicho mwaka 1965.
Mke wa Waziri Mkuu wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Mama Tunu Pinda kwa niaba ya wanafunzi waliosoma katika chuo cha Elimu ya Biashara Dar es salaam akizungumza na wadau na wanajumuiya wa Chuo hicho wakati wa uzinduzi wa maadhimisho ya miaka 50 ya Chuo hicho jijini Dar es salaam.
Mkuu wa Chuo cha Elimu ya Biashara Dar es salaam Prof. Emanuel Mjema (kulia) akiwaongoza wageni mbalimbali waliohudhuria hafla ya uzinduzi wa maadhimisho ya miaka 50 ya chuo hicho jijini Dar es salaam.
Mke wa Waziri Mkuu wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Mama Tunu Pinda (katikati) akizungumza akizungumza jambo na Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Chuo cha Elimu ya Biashara Dar es salaam Prof. Mathew Luhanga (kushoto).Wengine Mkuu wa Chuo hicho Prof. Emanuel Mjema.
Baadhi ya Wanafunzi wa Chuo cha Elimu ya Biashara Dar es salaam wakiendelea na shughuli mbalimbali chuoni hapo.


THE BEAT FESTIVAL TONIGHT 1. Aug 2014

Lineup:

OPEN MIC & BEAT – free stage – 21.00
Contact CRTanzania@gmail.com or call 0788 822 022 if you would like to do a piece (limited slots).

SAM HOKORORO – singersongwriter – 22.00
Samuel Hokororo, was born in 1990 in Temeke District, Dar es Salaam. He started singing when he was eight years old, at school, home and in the church choir. In 2006 he went to the Dogodogo center – a center for street children – and received training in theatre, dance and music. It was there that he learned to play the guitar. Samuel was an excellent student and since he left the Dogodogo center in 2008 he has been working full time in music, dance and theatre.

TUNA WEZA BAND – afrofusion – 22.30
The Dar es Salaam based group started in 2008, with ten musicians, the majority of whom are physically disabled. They chose the name Tunaweza, to make a point – it roughly translates as; “we are able”. Masoud Wanani, the group's founder and director says “Our aims are to help ourselves by earning a living through doing something creative and expressing ourselves. At the same time we can educate the youth about important issues like HIV or the need to respect albinos.” Tuna Weza perform an eclectic mix of local styles with an overriding positive and uplifting energy.

MZUNGU KICHAA – Urban / World – 23.30
In contrast to Mzungu Kichaa’s last acoustic performance, the group will be performing their standard up beat set featuring  songs from tuko pamoja and his most recent release, hustle and relax. As Mzungu Kichaa is back on studio composing and practicing, attentive ears will be able to hear new unreleased songs. The band is preparing for their tour to Germany and Denmark this autumn and will be testing some new tricks at THE BEAT. Get ready for a high tempo, full-energy performance.

ABOUT THE BEAT

The Beat is a monthly festival that takes place on the first Friday of the month, showcasing the best live music from Tanzania and abroad. The festival is hosted by Mzungu Kichaa and is powered by: Caravan Records, Triniti, and Goethe Institut Tanzania. 


KUMBUKUMBU

Marehemu Mzee Joseph Mturi Mahemba
(1955-2012)

Mpendwa Baba yetu, Joseph Mturi Mahemba Hatimaye siku, Miezi imepita hadi hii leo ambapo imetimia Miaka miwili (2) tangu ulipotutoka ghafla usiku ule wa siku ya jumatano ya tarehe moja ya Mwezi Agosti, 2012 na kutuachia huzuni kubwa.

Japokuwa haupo nasi hapa duniani lakini tupo nawe kiroho kwa kuendeleza mema yote uliyotufundisha na kutuasa.

Tunakukumbuka kwa Upole, Upendo, Busara na Ukarimu uliokuwa nao kwa familia na Marafiki. Mwongozo na matendo yako yataendelea kuwa dira kwetu Daima unakumbukwa sana na Mkeo Rose Joseph, dada zako Theresia, Karaghita, Wankuru na Mnaga, wanao wapendwa Michael, Mkami, Niwa, Sagana, Mary, Geofrey, Nyakaho, Lecardia na Pricilla, na wajukuu zako wote.

Ibada Maalum ya Maombi itafanyika tarehe 03/08/2014 Saa 2.00 asubuhi kwenye kanisa katoliki la Mt Maurus Kurasini, Dar es Salaam.

Bwana ametoa, Bwana ametwaa jina lake libalikiwe.


Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week: Giving children the best start in life with mama’s milk

 World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1-7 to highlight the vital role breastfeeding plays.  Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is one of the simplest, smartest and most cost-effective ways to support children to grow healthy and strong.
This year’s theme is, ‘Breastfeeding: a winning goal for life!’ which underscores the critical link between breastfeeding and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This linkage is particularly clear in relation to MDG 4 (reducing child mortality), where globally the number of children under-five dying from preventable causes declined by a remarkable 47 per cent since 1990. In Tanzania, under-five mortality decreased from 81 per 1,000 live births in 2010 to 54 per 1,000 live births in 2012. The decline in child mortality can be attributed to (among other factors) improved breastfeeding practices in the country. The proportion of children under six months who benefit from exclusive breastfeeding increased from 41 per cent in 2005 to 50 per cent in 2010. However, the reality is that one out of twenty Tanzanian children still dies before their fifth birthday from preventable causes.

UNICEF Tanzania Deputy Representative, Paul Edwards said that this week presents an opportune moment to reflect on strategies to save child lives and ensure children are provided with the best start in life. “UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life. But with only a half of all children under six months benefitting from exclusive breastfeeding in Tanzania, strong leadership in promoting and supporting breastfeeding is essential.”

Scientific evidence shows that children who are exclusively breastfed are 14 times more likely to survive the first six months of life than non-breastfed children. Starting breastfeeding on the first day after birth can reduce the risk of new-born death by up to 45 per cent.

Neema Makuga (20) delivered her first child, Grace (six months) in a health facility in Iringa and was advised by the health worker to breastfeed her baby immediately after birth. “I have been exclusively breastfeeding my child from day one for six months now and I see the advantages of it, my child is growing well and healthy and she rarely falls sick,” she said.

Breastfeeding also supports a child’s ability to learn and helps prevent obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Breastfed children fall ill less often than non-breastfed children resulting in large health care savings. Apart from the benefits to the baby, mothers who breastfeed exclusively are less likely to become pregnant in the first six months following delivery, recover faster from giving birth, and return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner.

Despite these well documented benefits of breastfeeding, only 50 per cent of children aged less than six months in Tanzania are exclusively breastfed and 49 per cent of children are breastfed within the first hour of birth. This is partly due to general lack of a supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers.

The President of Tanzania made a strong commitment to improve maternal health and child nutrition, and reduce child deaths from preventable causes, particularly stunting - a promise which was renewed in May 2014 with the launch of the sharpened One Plan and scorecards to monitor progress. A High Level Steering Committee for Nutrition was created within the Prime Minister’s Office to coordinate multi-sectorial interventions to reduce child malnutrition and promote optimal breastfeeding. The joint efforts of the Government and its partners, including UNICEF, have already produced important results in nutrition, but there is still more to be done, as the stunting (when a child is too short for their age) prevalence in the country is still high, affecting 42 per cent of children under-five. Stunting undermines both the physical and cognitive development of children and prevents them from growing as healthy, productive adults.

Paul Edwards concluded that UNICEF is committed to working with the Government to have supportive programmes that reach all communities and mothers so that the country is able to increase breastfeeding rates significantly. There is no other single health intervention that has such a high impact for babies and mothers as breastfeeding and which costs so little for governments. Breastfeeding is a baby’s ‘first immunization’ and the most effective and inexpensive life-saver ever in history.”

In Tanzania, World Breastfeeding Week 2014 will be celebrated in Iringa Region with various activities in health facilities and communities. The Government of Tanzania in collaboration with UNICEF and other partners is committed to intensify its efforts to promote optimal breastfeeding across the Mainland and Zanzibar. On August 7, a special event to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding will be held in Mufindi District Council and officiated by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Hon. Dr. Seif Seleman Rashidi.


 
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