Healthy children is a prerequisite for school retention and performance, taking this under consideration SATF provides health support for all MVC under its education program
SATF support health interventions, namely Improved Community health Fund Insurance scheme, National Insurance Health Fund and the Sexual and Reproduction Initiative. MVCs and members of their households will access basic health services through Improved CHF Insurance scheme.
SATF provides psychosocial support to MVCs and caregivers through direct interventions and through IPs to inhibit MVCs suffering from anxieties, depressions, despair, low self-esteem and develop bad behaviors etc. as a result of poverty, lack of parental support, stigma and other reasons.
Emotional and Social wellbeing are critical to the development of Children in general and more so for MVCs in particular.
- MVCs beneficiaries live a healthy life while getting Support from SATF.
- Use preventive health strategies to minimize MVCs dropout rates in schools
- To improve the emotional and social wellbeing of MVCs and Caregivers through psychosocial support interventions with the support of donors.
What do we support?
- Sexual Reproductive Health
- Health Insurance Schemes(ICHF/NHIF)
Sexual and Reproductive Health
SATF introduced Adolescent and Reproductive Health project branded as “Binti Simama Imara (BSI) to complement SATF Education program in five piloting Secondary schools in Dodoma Municipality. The projects’ main objectives are;
- To reduce school dropout due to teenage pregnancies by empowering young girls on life skills and knowledge on Adolescent Sexual, menstrual hygiene management and reproductive health including HIV and AIDS.
- Establish School health clubs which will act as for school youth to meet and discuss on issues and concern related to SRH and HIV/AIDS dissemination of relevant Information Education and communication materials (IEC materials) and guardians’/parents’ involvement.
Key interventions under this project included; Training to selected school teachers as TOTs who in turn facilitates peer education training to selected schools’ youth.
Using trained peer educators to reach their fellow students with key messages on ASRH and HIV and AIDS through health talks..
Twenty (20) Teachers were trained as Trainers of Trainee (TOTs) but also served as Matron and Patrons for school health clubs;
Eighty (80) selected students were trained as Peer Educators and 80 clubs were established in schools to act as the fora for students to meet and discuss freely their challenges related to Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Through peer education program; a total number of 3,231 out of 2,100 planned target were reached with key behavior change messages. This was done through one on one and group peer education sessions known as “health talks” and Inter school debates since the project inception.
Young people deserve access to accurate, comprehensive and age appropriate sexual health education and care.
- Binti Nadhifu (BN) Project
Binti Nadhifu (BN) Project is subsidiary support under SRH project that is geared towards providing an additional and vital support to female students who are under SATF Education program.
The Project aims to address the menstrual challenges facing Tanzanian girls who cannot get access to sanitary pads and advocating for health and cleanliness of young girls in schools.
The projects’ main objectives are;
-Facilitate access to hygienic sanitary wears.
-Boost the girls’ morale and confidence thus be able to fully participate in schools.
-Facilitate girls to nurture habitual cleanliness that will mitigate any contamination that may result to diseases such as fungus, UTI or cervical cancer.
– Establish an entry point for breaking the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene Management (MHM) plays in enabling girls to reach their full potential.
Since the project establishment in 2018, BN project has supported a total of 1356 female beneficiaries under SATF Education program from primary to VTC level; that is 720 beneficiaries in 2018 and 636 beneficiaries in 2019.
For the year 2020 the Trust targets to support a total of 822 female beneficiaries across 16 regions of Tanzania.
- Through this project the female beneficiaries are supported with pads –with- pants (PwP) package. Each beneficiary receives a package with 12 sanitary pad packs, 2 pants and a carrying bag.
2.Improved Community Health Fund (ICHF) and National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF)
This support was introduced to enable the vulnerable groups to access primary health care services through Improved Community Health Fund (ICHF).
The projects’ main objectives are;
- MVCs supported through CHF schemes except for those in Universities;
- MVCs in Universities supported through Institutional Health arrangements or NHIF;
- Referral procedure circulated to all IPs;
- MVCs attendance increase at 80% or above.
All SATF beneficiaries from Primary to Secondary school are covered by Improved Community health Fund; while other members of their households are covered as secondary beneficiaries.
This project intends to empower MVC care givers and community members to be able to take care of growing numbers of MVC sustainably.
The Trust capacitates MVC Care givers with the knowledge and skills on Income Generation Activities and facilitates them to establish income generation activities to reduce household economic vulnerability.
SATF implemented two projects; one on soft loans which empowers MVC and Caregivers in Songea to establish IGAs, raise their income, hence improve their livelihood; and animal rearing among MVC Caregivers under SATF Implementing partners in Dodoma, Shinyanga and Kagera regions.
Soft Loan Project
The project started in 2009 with aim of supporting Caregivers to establish Income Generating Activities so as they can be able to support MVC that they care sustainably. The project was implemented by SATF in partnership with Tanzania Mission to the Poor (PADI) in Songea Municipality in Ruvuma region. The project was implemented in three zones of Madaba, Lilondo and Matetereka in Songea district, Ruvuma region.
- A total of 875 beneficiaries (247 direct & 641 indirect) were reached with loans and direct provision of fees and scholastic materials for education support.
- Good progress of established Income Generating Activities which resulted into good loan repayment progress, increased loan ceiling per beneficiary from Tshs. 75,000 in 2009 to Tshs. 210,000 in 2012 and increased support to MVC among the beneficiaries across all zones.
- Increased knowledge and awareness on the importance of savings among the project beneficiaries as demonstrated by presence of accumulated amount of savings of about 2 million for beneficiaries.
Animal Keeping Project
This project was also established in 2009 and implemented by different four SATF partner organizations namely; Tikvah Homes (Dodoma), HUMULIZA & KARADEA (Kagera) and MUVUMA (Shinyanga). The project provided animals to MVC care givers as a seed capital whom in turn are supposed to pass on animals to next beneficiaries after seed animal have reproduced.
- IGA beneficiaries from Dodoma scaled up the number of beneficiaries from 25 in 2009 to 50 in 2012 and from 30 to 45 in Kagera region.
- 95 IGA beneficiaries from Dodoma and Kagera were provided with educational support to MVC under their care while fulfilling household amenities.