Tue Oct 24th 2017: 03:28:22

BUILDING PARTNERSHIP

Policy advocacy is one of PSI/Tanzania major programme area. By drawing from experience of its work in the community, PSI/Tanzania contributes to an environment that is more conducive for making successful health interventions.

The organisation participates actively in various national forums which address the leading public health needs of Tanzanians including prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, malaria and waterborne diseases, as well as meeting reproductive health needs of the population. PSI/Tanzania also lobbies members of parliament through consultative processes involving the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as the custodian of the National Health Policy.

Experiences drawn from PSI/Tanzania’s social marketing activities especially in the rural communities have been particularly instrumental in defining the national approach in scaling up priority health interventions which include the national use of condoms by groups most-vulnerable to HIV infection, use of insecticide treated nets, water treatment products and family planning options

PSI/Tanzania policy advocacy further emphasises equitable access to high quality affordable essential health products by all vulnerable population groups especially those in rural areas. It has therefore been in the forefront in developing subsidy schemes and national distribution channels which reach rural populations, with the primary objective of achieving universal access to essential health products by all the vulnerable groups.

From a social perspective, PSI/Tanzania perceives itself as a socially responsible organisation with a strong sense of belonging to Tanzanian society. Over the years, it has supported different disadvantaged groups in the society including orphans, the disabled and victims of natural calamities through targeted assistance, and has sponsored various cultural events including sporting activities, in line with its policy of corporate social responsibility.