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Marianna Balampama

country director

Kelly Herman

program officer

Pact’s work in Tanzania focuses on improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children, especially those affected by HIV and AIDS. With our unique integrated approach, our efforts are also strengthening families and local economies, institutions and organizations – impacts that will benefit Tanzania for generations to come.

Because the majority of Tanzania’s vulnerable children live in female-headed households, Pact employs our award-winning WORTH model, in which small groups of women save together and make low-interest loans to one another that help them launch or expand small businesses. With increased income – plus business and other training provided by Pact – women are better able to care for their children.

Pact is also improving access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents. We’ve built the capacity of local authorities and community organizations to manage services for vulnerable children and helped launch trained vulnerable-children committees and district child protection teams. 

In Tanzania's Songwe region, where poor hygiene and child malnutrition are especially rampant, Pact is working to reduce childhood stunting by addressing root causes. 

Pact also works with artisanal and small-scale gemstone miners in Tanzania, helping them to do their jobs more safely and to gain critical knowledge about rough gems that is empowering them to improve their position in the supply chain and their economic development opportunities.

Pact also has carried out substantial work to improve governance in Tanzania, empowering citizens and civil society organizations to work with political representatives toward transparency and accountability at the local and national levels. 

Stories and Highlights

Girls play outside a DREAMS center in Lusaka, Zambia. Credit: Brian Clark/Pact

Leveraging digital technology to build a healthier future for adolescent girls and young women

October 8, 2021
In celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 11, the ACHIEVE consortium is excited to join the global community in recognizing the work that is being done to advance gender equality and...
A Kizazi Kipya community case worker. Credit: Michael Goima/Pact

Improving the lives of 1 million+ vulnerable Tanzanian children: What Pact learned through the Kizazi Kipya project

October 4, 2021
The challenges and hardships that vulnerable children and adolescents face in Tanzania are complex. Many of their families have difficulty affording school or enough food to eat. Many are at high...

Electrifying rural healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa

August 2, 2021
The link between healthcare and energy is garnering more attention due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and a continuing decline in distributed energy prices. Pact and a team of researchers from Johns...

Integrated solutions to energy access in Tanzania

July 27, 2021
Despite the government’s deliberate initiatives to reach more people, Tanzania lags behind in its grid electricity connection targets. Only 24.5% of rural households in Tanzania have access to...

Supporting small, women-led gemstone mining in Tanzania

June 25, 2021
When the Gemological Institute of America approached Pact in 2016 about piloting a rough gemstone guide for miners, we knew immediately knew where to start—an...

Q&A: Celebrating Africa Day with Pact leaders across the continent

May 24, 2021
On May 25, 1963, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was founded as the precursor to the African Union (AU). Each year, Africa Day commemorates the OAU’s...
A Kizazi Kipya community case worker conducts a home visit. (Credit: Michael Goima/Pact)

For Tanzanian children living with HIV, simple stickers help ensure they remain on treatment

March 10, 2021
Identifying children at risk of HIV and getting them tested is a critical step in combatting pediatric HIV. For children who test positive, the next vital step is to ensure that they have access to...

Epifania Minja: Empowering women across Tanzania through WORTH

March 2, 2021
Epifania Minja leads Pact's WORTH programming in Tanzania, helping women across the country gain skills, resources, confidence and more.

For two Tanzanian children, Pact's Kizazi Kipya program offers a new future

February 10, 2021
Pact’s Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, works to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children, particularly those affected by HIV. Funded by USAID/PEPFAR, the five-year effort helps...

In Tanzania, Pact supports children living with HIV by helping their families earn stable income

January 20, 2021
Hosea Samola is a father of two, including a child who is HIV-positive. He lives in Sumbawanga, a remote village in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands, where he supports his family by farming. “It had...