Helen Fytche, the head of development assistance at the Canadian High Commission said at the launch of the new Makambako Polyclinic health centre in Iringa lately that Canada values the health sector and the promotion of gender equality.
The polyclinic has been built with funds from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through the diplomatic mission, aiming to serve Makambako town and surrounding areas whose population is put at 116,000 people, of whom 52 per cent are women.
The aid agency expects that the polyclinic shall reach Makambako women, girls and men for education on reproductive health and services, including overall health, she said, accompanied by Marie Stopes’ country director Vadacanthara Chandrashekar.
The director explained the need to ensure quality and effectiveness in polyclinic services, noting that nurses and counselors have been specially trained to prioritize gender equality. The polyclinic will boost efforts to expand the scope of reproductive health and health services in general, he stated.
It will have a range of services including reproductive health services, antenatal clinics and family planning services, focusing on reproductive health services for young people for their unique needs, within the guidelines set out by the government, he stated.
The centre seeks to promote social entrepreneurship to solve challenges facing the community by extending easily accessible quality services and standards, he said, elaborating that the construction of the center is part of Marie Stopes' efforts, to reach those in need of reproductive health services in various parts of the country.
It has a special window for young people, an opportunity to access reproductive health services in a friendly, confidential and dignified manner chiefly for adolescents, he elaborated.
Marie Stopes Tanzania (MST) is a health agency especially active in reproductive health issues, operating in nine regions, including Zanzibar.
Cervical cancer screening, specialist care for women and children, general health care and various tests by ultrasound for hepatitis, conducts childhood immunizations and delivers vaccines for hepatitis, he added