STRIVE research feeds into Tanzania action plan on violence

10 May 2017
Haika Osaki

The Ministry of Health organised a meeting in Mwanza, Tanzania on 27 and 28 March 2017 to discuss the National Plan of Action (NPA) for Violence against Women and Children and to gather experiences from regional experts in Tanzania. 

The meeting provided an opportunity to share the research underway through Maisha. The Maisha study is evaluating interventions to help build healthy relationships, free from intimate partner violence (IPV), by empowering women economically and socially through microfinance and gender training. The Maisha study assesses whether these elements work to reduce women’s experiences of IPV, a structural driver of HIV.

The Maisha team attended the working group meeting and shared experiences from the trial, including experiences of referring women to the One Stop Centre which provides support to women facing gender based violence.

The meeting highlighted important indicators of the NPA which include eliminating violence against women and violence against children by 50% by 2020/22. To support this goal the following eight key thematic areas were developed:

  1. Norms and values
  2. Family support and relationships
  3. Household economic strengthening
  4. Safe environments free of the fear of violence
  5. Implementation and enforcement of laws
  6. Response and support services
  7. Safe schools and life skills and coordination
  8. Monitoring and evaluation

The Ministry of Health is currently in the process of developing the guidelines for forming working groups and committees for each of the themes.

There is potential for further engagement and participation of the Maisha team in the theme for monitoring and evaluation of programmes addressing violence among women and children. The data generated by Maisha will be useful for progammes aimed at addressing and reducing violence among women and children in Tanzania.