Thematic Areas

MEWATA has three thematic areas:

  • Reproductive health and rights
  • HIV and AIDS care and treatment
  • Professional and Institutional

 Reproductive Health and Rights

Reproductive health is an essential element of good health and human development. However good reproductive health is required to be able to attain majority of the MDG and MKUKUTA goals particularly those concerned with women and adolescent health, maternal & newborn health, HIV/AIDS and gender equality.

In this thematic area, five strategic areas will be addressed in three years namely: Reproductive system cancers (Breast & Cervical Cancer), Maternal & Newborn Health, Family Planning, Gender Based Violence and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health.


HIV and AIDS care and treatment

In Tanzania the rate of HIV infection is high with adult transmission rate of 7% (THIS, 2004). The epidemic continues to have a devastating effect. The main mode of transmission is heterosexual (90%) and Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) which contributes 5%. MTCT in Tanzania is set to have a dramatic and deleterious impact on child survival. The dimension of the epidemic and rising demand by persons living with HIV/AIDS for quality medical care and treatment makes the health care system respond to these demands.

HIV/AIDS care and treatment and support has reached a new era in terms of the accumulated knowledge of the disease and its management and availability of potent drugs not only for the treatment of opportunistic infections, but also antiretroviral drugs that slow the progression of the disease to AIDS allowing PLWA to live a much longer quality life.

Professional and Institutional

The country has severe shortage of human resource for health and especially the medical doctor profession. In addition female medical doctors are in less percentage as compared to male medical professionals. It is recognized that majority of the few available female medical doctors are experiencing various professional and non-professional challenges in terms of career development, family and society expected roles and responsibilities.

Thus there is need to advance medical profession among young graduates as well as provision of career advancement among the existing female professionals.  Minimal efforts have been made by professional associations in mobilising young girls into the medical profession.




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