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What UMATI does

UMATI Core Services

Chama Cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania (UMATI) is an autonomous, not for profit, non-political voluntary national NGO providing Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) education, information and services in Tanzania.

UMATI was established in 1959 as a Family Planning Assodation of Dar es Salaam. In the first years of its history the Association served people within the city perimeter. In 1960 the Association was officially registered and by late 1967 it became a national organization. In 1972 the Association changed its name to Chama Cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania (UMATI).The Association has a long history of leadership in SRH programmes in the country, including pioneering in family planning (FP) services, Family Life Education for youths, and providing integrated clinic and Community based service delivery approaches. UMATI is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and is governed by a well- established volunteer structure from the national to grassroots level. Since its inception, the Association has been responding to various national and international challenges for its growth. This move contributed to the accumulated experience in the provision of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services in the country. The Association has been reviewing and remodelling itself in line with the emerging challenges to move towards youth focused SRH services. Young people between 10- 24 years of age are the primary target of UMATI's services.


  • Coverage

    UMATI clinics and youth   centers are available in the following area;

    Mwanza, Dodoma, Shinyanga,   Singida, Morogoro, Iringa, Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Songea, Mbinga, Tanga,   Kilimanjaro (Moshi, Hai, Rombo and Siha), and Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba)

  • Priorities
    •   To   more fully meet youth SRH needs, and to achieve greater impact, particularly   in prevention of the spread of STI/HIV/AIDS, in 2000 UMATI transformed its   organizational mission from that of a family planning service provider to a   holistic Sexual and Reproductive Health service approach, focusing on   adolescents and youths aged 10 – 24 years as the primary clients. Adults are   secondary clients/target.
  • Primary target
    • Young   people between 10-24 years of age
    •   The   target group: the beneficiaries of the services is vulnerable group (i.e   marginalized, poor, social excluded and underserved) and women
  • Capacity

    The   Association has the following capacity;

    • The Association has the capacity of providing short and long term consultancy in SRH service provision, training, Research to local and International organizations.
    • Resource mobilization through establishing KABIU as an economic wing.        
    • Infrastructures: modern  facility/clinic
    • Knowledgeable services providers in providing SRH services, education and information
  • Approach

    UMATI   uses two major strategies to reach clients in family planning and other   integrated services (HIV, STI, OSRH);

    •   Facility   based; UMATI has a total of 10 clinics and 7 youth centers which spread all   over the country where the integration of SRH services are provided in a wide   scope which improves access to the target audience.
    •   Community   based; this strategy compliment to the facility, it is more significant in   serving more clients including the hard to reach population. Community based   approach includes outreaches, mobile clinic services, CBD’s and peer   educators.


    Approaches   used for FP service provision are;

    •   male   involvement
    •   community   mobilization
    •   mobile   clinic services


    UMATI   innovation in FP services provision

    •   Establishment   of satellite clinics (Mbagala and Buguruni Mnyamani)
    •   Turning   Mnazi mmoja clinic to be a model in reaching marginalized, poor, social   excluded and underserved group in LA/PM.
    •   Establishment   of surgical camps in hard to reach areas such as mining and fishing community   area
    •   Increasing   FP uptake to youth specifically in higher learning institutions

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