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External Evaluation of the Project 'Primary Health Care Ulanga' Tanzania

Field of Expertise:
Health Service Delivery; PHC/MNCH/RH/Nutrition/W&S; Basic Health Services / Primary health care
Narrative description of project:
SolidarMed is a Swiss non-profit organisation that carries out various health-related activities in Tanzania, as well as Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In the Tanzanian town, Ifakara (Morogoro region), SolidarMed has established a large compound, with support from the Swiss Development, Novartis and the Basel Institute of Public Health. The national Public Health Institute is one of the institutions based there; it is involved in operational research, and in the training of health staff, such as Clinical officers. The overarching project is called the SolidarMed Primary Health Care Ulanga (PHCU) project. It was set up in 2010 with a first phase (2010-2013) of establishing Community Health Workers into the communities and the district health system of Ulanga.

The goal of the evaluation of the PHCU was to examine the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of PHCU. It should demonstrate results, lessons learnt, weaknesses and challenges; and focus on where PHCU has made a difference. The review took into account recent developments and challenges in Ulanga District and Malinyi District, as well as nationally in Tanzania with regard to PHC and Maternal and child health (such as the National Community Based Health Program Strategic Plan (2015 – 2020 NCBHP, the Big Results Now (BRN)).