Today, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) presents the 2014 Resolve Award for innovations in reproductive health service delivery to the Tanzanian Government, thanks to its role in promoting the “Mabinti Tushike Hatamu!” (Girls, Let’s be Leaders!) programme, delivered by Restless Development, TACAIDS and UNICEF.
The program enables adolescent girls to gain access to critical services and make choices impacting their safety, reproductive health, and economic and social well-being. The pilot program will reach over 7,000 individuals directly, and more than 40,000 community members indirectly, helping to change attitudes around the rights of girls and their value to society.
The Resolve Award honours the leadership of country governments for expanding access to essential reproductive health services and recognises Tanzania’s innovative work to reach underserved populations, particularly women in rural areas and adolescent girls. In a country where about 50% of the population is under the age of 15, Tanzania’s adolescents are a large and growing group with a wide variety of needs.
“The needs of girls, in particular, are multi-sectoral,” said Dr. Fatma Mrisho of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS). “For those who are out of school, their immediate need is job security, food security, income, and educational opportunities. But that is the same girl who also needs reproductive health services, and access to information that enables her to make the right choices as far as sexuality is involved.”
The GLC is a group of sixteen sitting and former heads of state, high-level policymakers, and other leaders who build political leadership for increased financial and technical support for reproductive health. This was established in 2010 by The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC.
The Honorable Dr. Seif Seleman Rashidi, Minister of Health of Tanzania, will accept the award at a ceremony celebrating the Resolve Award recipients during the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. You can view the webcast of the ceremony 12:30 PM ET on May 20, 2014 at www.aspeninstitute.org/live and participate via Twitter by following @GLCRHresolve and #ResolveAward.
For more information, visit www.mabinti.org