Years of armed conflicts, particularly in the eastern provinces, have left the country facing extreme poverty.
Malnutrition remains a major public health issue in Tanzania. The country has one of the highest rates of malnutrition compared to the rest of Africa, with 440,000 children fighting life-threatening hunger.
Although the country has good access to food, it’s estimated that up to 2.1 million people will need food assistance because of the socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19.
The main drivers of malnutrition include poor care and feeding practices, as well as a lack of access to safe water and sanitation. There’s also a shortage of healthcare workers skilled in nutrition. Medicines used to treat malnutrition run out frequently and health services are often inaccessible to communities in need.