ABOUT TANZANIA

Why Tanzania?

Because this East African country known for its breathtaking savannahs, white sandy beaches, and Mount Kilimanjaro, is a country rich in potential but severely impacted by extreme poverty, a challenge compounded by one of the highest population growth rates in the world.
Twelve million Tanzanians live in extreme poverty, earning less than $0.60 per day; 86% of the population is at risk of falling deeper into poverty because of healthcare expenses.

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Where is Tanzania?

Tanzania is in East Africa. Its capital city is Dodoma, and its largest city and economic hub is Dar es Salaam.
  • Population: 49 million
  • Main Language: Kiswahili
  • Living in Poverty: 67%
  • 18 hour flight from NYC

 

Did you know?

  • Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in Tanzania are attributed to a disease or condition that can be addressed by surgical or obstetric care.
  • The average person lives 74 miles from a facility that can provide life saving surgery.
  • Tanzania has 177 specialist surgeons but needs more than 60 times that to meet medically accepted standards (Lancet Commission).
  • Every hour, one woman and seven newborns die in Tanzania due to a lack of access to quality care.
  • Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam is set to add 21 million residents in the next 100 years. The city’s current healthcare system was designed to support 750,000.