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.



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.
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