Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights into Climate Change policies and Strategies in Tanzania (INSECT)

Years: 2022 - 2023

Climate Change have serious impact on Health in Tanzania. In specific pregnant women can experience high risk and health challenges under climate induced stress ( drought, malnutrition, heat waves etc.) This project will strengthen the  sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for women in Tanzania, to empower them to participate healthy and self-determined in adaptation activity. The project object to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health to co-develop and implement policy and actions that address Health challenges arising from climate impacts. In specific by supporting the review of Health National Adaption Plan (HNAP)  the Climate Action Network Tanzania (CAN TZ) will contribute to establishing and sustain mechanism to coordinate health and climate actions. Additional the project will enhance implementation and planning for projects around the Nexus of Health and Climate by advocating and supporting a taskforce to mainstream Health and climate in to the health teaching curriculum. 

A healthy plan to face climate impacts : 

 Co-Develop a reviewed Health National Adaption Plan 

CAN Tanzania will support the Ministry of Health to review the current  Health National Adaptation Plan (HNAP) to include  sexual and reproductive health and right (SRHR) issues as key a climate change adaptation intervention area. CAN Tanzania will engage serval key stakeholders ( CSOs, experts, MDAs etc.) in the draft and review process. CAN Tanzania will create a form to discuss existing SRHR gaps in the current HNAP and lead the process to include SRHR in the development of new HNAP which is ending in 2023 and take active participation in the development of the new HNAP 

A doctor one day 

Mainstream the health and climate Nexus into health teaching curriculum 

CAN Tanzania will facilitate initial consultations with the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST), and other important parties as a basis for creating a curriculum for health and climate education. This will involve forming a technical taskforce to facilitate early discussions and planning for the development of a formal teaching curriculum about climate change and SRHR in schools, local communities, and among healthcare professionals. This will create the basic foundation and buy-in from the MEST, MoH, and stakeholders as a required preparation for the subsequent phase of developing the curriculum for climate education in the future which once developed and adopted by the government, it will be used all players in the climate and health education space in the country. 

Project Impact

What this project will achieve
The Ministry of Health is actively engaged in climate policy process (e.g. UNFCCC & COP)
The reviewed Tanzanian Health Adaption Plan (HNAP) strengthen Sexual And Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Tanzania
The Health and Climate Nexus is mainstreamed and integrated into the health teaching curriculum
CAN Tanzania has the capacity and knowledge to address and advocate challenges around the Nexus of Climate and Health

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