Tanzania: Tanzania Home Economics Association

TAHEA's outreach involves delivering health care resources to communities.

TAHEA’s outreach involves delivering health care resources to communities. / Photo courtesy of TAHEA

Publication

Booklet 1: AFYA YA UZAZI (2013)

Translation: Reproductive Health

Booklet 2: MAHUSIANO NA MAGONJWA YA NGONO

Translation: Relationships and Sexual Transmitted Diseases

Language

Kiswahili

Our Bodies, Ourselves Project

Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) published two Kiswahili booklets based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in 2013. One booklet focuses on reproductive health, and the other on relationships and sexually transmitted infections.

The booklets integrate input from grassroots and institutional allies across the country — community elders and traditional healers as well as government officials and academics. As a result, they reflect a broad set of needs, experiences and expertise. Given the buy-in, the booklets have a secure distribution network to Kiswahili-speaking countries across East Africa.

The OBOS Global Initiative is providing ongoing technical support, including guidance on fundraising, sub-grants from donors, and promotion. To increase access to evidence-based health information in Kiswahili, the booklets will soon be available on the OBOS website.

Asia Kapande, a professional home economist, attended OBOS’s 40th anniversary symposium in 2011 and took part in a panel on the making of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” which can be viewed online.

Kapande has more than four decades of leadership in food and environmental security, poverty reduction, health, and gender equality, and continues to make a difference through her work with TAHEA, the Nile Basin Discourse, the Tanzania Nile Discourse Forum, and several primary and secondary school committees.

How to Obtain Copies

For information on obtaining copies of the Kiswahili adaptation, please contact Tanzania Home Economics Association: taheamwanza@gmail.com

content available online

A dozen chapters will be posted here in late 2014.

Community Action & Activism

The TAHEA team in conversation with women and men in the community.

The TAHEA team in conversation with women and men in the community. / Photo courtesy of TAHEA

The Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA) was established in 1980 to improve the quality of life for women and their families in rural and semi-urban Tanzania. Started by a group of 17 home economists, the organization’s membership currently exceeds 1,000 individuals and institutions across the country.

Its outreach includes reproductive and sexual health awareness-building, maternal and infant health, HIV/AIDS mitigation, education for orphan girls, food security, savings and credit, and environmental protection. The organization also conducts related research and surveys and produces informational material for distribution, of which the “Our Bodies, Ourselves”-based booklets are one example.

TAHEA has provided copies of the booklets to the Ministry of Health and is working to encourage policymakers to integrate the resources into the country’s educational system. The organization has also started an initial round of distribution to its national network, reaching women and girls in local schools and health institution.

Wider distribution is in the pipeline; the long-term goal is to reach Kiswahili-speaking countries across East Africa, including Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Congo, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

Contact

Email: Asia Kapande: kapandeasia@yahoo.com / taheamwanza@gmail.com
Address: PO Box 11242, Mwanza, Tanzania
Phone: 255-028-2502555
Fax: 255-028-2500676