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Prospects for Sustainable Health Financing in Tanzania
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Author(s): Arin Dutta

Primary Language: English

Date: 1/28/2015


A high proportion of Tanzania’s total health spending comes from foreign donors and households (out-of-pocket), rather than from sustainable sources such as government tax-based revenue or health insurance. While the country has made enormous strides in improving its population’s health, the Government of Tanzania and its development partners recognize that the current health financing structure is not sustainable. The government is now considering several crucial changes to how healthcare in Tanzania is financed; as part of this effort, the country is finalizing a health financing strategy and scaling up new programs to accelerate service delivery coverage and improve quality.

In support of building a sustainable structure, the USAID- and PEPFAR-funded Health Policy Project reviewed the country’s healthcare financing situation to provide a baseline against which innovation and policy change can be gauged. This report provides a broad overview of the health financing landscape in Tanzania as of 2014 and aims to highlight those aspects suggesting a greater reliance on domestic and sustainable resources to accomplish Tanzania’s health goals. 

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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