Tanzania is a country in East Africa, lying below Kenya and bordering the Indian Ocean. Tanzania is home to Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro which, along with its many beaches and national parks such as the Serengeti, allows plenty of opportunities for tourism. More than 80% of the population is rural and the official languages of the country are Swahili and English. Many social and cultural factors continue to undermine the health of women in Tanzania, such as child marriage, female genital cutting, and lack of decision-making power. About 60 percent of women in Tanzania live in absolute poverty.
Safer Obstetrics in Rural Tanzania
The SOGC is currently participating in a collaborative project with the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS). The Safer Obstetrics in Rural Tanzania project aims to upgrade the skills of non-physician clinicians in rural areas, with an ultimate goal of contributing to the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in Tanzania. The SOGC's involvement in this project consists of delivering the ALARM International Program to upgrade the skills and knowledge of midwives, obstetricians and assistant medical officers on Emergency Obstetrical Care.
ALARM International Program
The SOGC, along with several volunteer AIP instructors from Uganda, had previously delivered an ALARM International course in Tanzania in November 2006, in partnership with Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR).
The SOGC's work in Tanzania has been carried out in partnership with the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) and Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR). The SOGC also collaborates with The Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Tanzania (AGOTA) for implementation of projects in Tanzania.
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