Stakeholder meeting on violence prevention trial in Tanzania

07 September 2016
Maisha team

The Maisha study in Mwanza assesses the effectiveness of microfinance and gender training in reducing partner violence and related HIV risk. On 31 August 2016, a number of organisations met in Dar-es-Salaam to learn more and align efforts.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) causes suffering, disempowers women, promotes male dominance, breaks national laws and is associated with increased HIV risk. A great many stakeholders stand to gain from evidence on how to reduce IPV effectively. Those implementing the Maisha project – the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) – organised the indepth meeting in order to:

  • provide an overview of the STRIVE Research Partnership Consortium
  • provide an overview and update on progress with the Maisha study in Mwanza
  • learn about intervention programmes currently being implemented in Tanzania to prevent IPV
  • provide a forum for policy makers, programme implementers, researchers and other stakeholders to engage on the issue of IPV and agree on how to work together effectively

Accessible information on Maisha is available in the form of a brochure and a short video.

Maisha group photo

The meeting on 31 August 2016, proved the value of early engagement with stakeholders for ensuring that results and learning are useful and used in practice. Future channels for potential uptake emerged from the half-day exchange, including:

  • USAID’s DREAMS and other structural initiatives
  • programmes to engage men in reducing intimate partner violence, including Champion, Engender Health’s initiative
  • Tanzania Media Women's Association and Tanzania Women Lawyers' Association as “amplifiers” and technical resources for the Maisha study and team

Programmers in particular are keen to use our research in practice, and people want information on the connections between different structural factors such as violence, alcohol and stigma. 

Imma Kapinga, Maisha Deputy Coordinator, MITU

Potential end-users

Invitees represented a range of groups that, it is hoped, will be able to collaborate more effectively in future on IPV.

Government of Tanzania

Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Police Headquarters’ Gender Desk and Tanzania Commission for AIDS

International agencies

Palladium Group, UK Department for International Development, UN Population Fund, UN Women, UN Children's Fund, US Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organisation (WHO)

NGOs focusing on gender, health and rights

Engender Health, Kivulini Women’s Rights, Tanzania Gender Networking Programme, Tanzania Media Women's Association, Tanzania Women Lawyers' Association, Twaweza Tanzania, Women in Law and Development in Africa, Women's Legal Aid Centre and World Education

Health researchers

Ifakara Health Institute, Johns Hopkins International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM, partners in STRIVE and Maisha) and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Image credit: Salum Ikhallah/ MITU