Background Information

The Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) is a Non Governmental, non partisan and non religious voluntary organisation established and officially registered in 1989 to address the interests of medical and dental women professionals; by promoting their education, improving their standards for professional competences fostering solidarity and linkages, encouraging and promoting research while advocating for policy changes in the health sector. 

To arrive to these goals, MEWATA has been maintaining liaison with its members through general assembly meetings conducted on annual bases. In continuation of this tradition, MEWATA organised its 12th Annual General Meeting that took place on 22nd and 23rd January, 2011 at the prominent NSSF Water Front Hall.

The meeting assembled over 100 participants; including government representatives, MEWATA members of all clusters and from different regions of Tanzania; others were invited guests from various organisations both local and international and media representatives. The guest of Honour in the meeting was Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Hon. Dr. Lucy Nkya (MP) and the Master of Ceremony was Ms. Vicky Ntetema (a friend of MEWATA).

The objectives of the meeting which included among other things;

  • To discuss health issues related to our women in our country and how they impact on their development,
  • To design more innovative programs to address women’s health issues in Tanzania,
  • To conduct MEWATA 12th Annual General Meeting where members meet and review the progress of MEWATA and elect new MEWATA leaders.


Healthy diet according to WHO to reduce the risk of cancer and other non communicable diseases

  • A healthy diet helps protect against malnutrition in all its forms, as well as non communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
  • Unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are leading global risks to health.
  • Healthy dietary practices start early in life breastfeeding fosters healthy growth and improves cognitive development, and may have longer-term health benefits, like reducing the risk of becoming overweight or obese and developing NCDs later in life.
  • Energy intake (calories) should be in balance with energy expenditure. Evidence indicates that total fat should not exceed 30% of total energy intake to avoid unhealthy weight gain, with a shift in fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats, and towards the elimination of industrial trans fats.
  • Limiting intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake is part of a healthy diet. A further reduction to less than 5% of total energy intake is suggested for additional health benefits.
  • Keeping salt intake to less than 5 g per day helps prevent hypertension and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke in the adult population.
  • WHO Member States have agreed to reduce the global population’s intake of salt by 30% and halt the rise in diabetes and obesity in adults and adolescents as well as in childhood overweight by 202.


Pics of MEWATA AGM 2016
MEWATA scientific conference and Annual General Meeting was conducted on 18th November 2016 in Mwanza region. Members from different regions and zones participated this important meeting. This year AGM will be conducted in Dar es Salaam MORE GALLERY