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In Tanzania, YMEP was implemented by UMATI, Chama cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania.

UMATI is a national non-governmental organisation providing sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) information, education and services in Tanzania. The focus is young people aged between 10-24 years. The locations of the YMEP programme in Tanzania are Shinyanga, Arumeru and Songea.

Songea – facts

Songea Municipal Council is one of the five districts that make up Ruvuma Region, located in the southern part of Tanzania. The municipality is the centre of administrative and commercial activities in the region.

The Songea Municipal Council has an area of 750,055 square km and the district has altitudes ranging between 980-1100 meters above sea level.

The annual population growth rate is 2.8 percent. In 2006, the municipal population was 159,891.

The municipality council has 15 health facilities, one regional government hospital and 14 dispensaries out of which 7 are owned by religious organisations and private individuals.

Songea Municipal Council has 54 primary schools, 12 secondary schools, one Open University of Tanzania, 1 Teachers Training college, 2 Vocational Training Centres and 35 pre-primary schools.

Songea Municipal Council is divided into 2 divisions and 13 wards (6 rural and 7 urban wards) and 71 streets (mitaa). UMATI is implementing the YMEP project in 4 of these wards – Bombambili, Matogoro, Mjini and Ruvuma.

Shinyanga – facts

Sinyanga is situated in the western part of Tanzania. This site was chosen due to the SRHR situation in the Shinyanga region and because of the Sukuma land culture, where men are dominant in all matters of life.
The programme is implemented in 2 wards, Kishapu and Shinyanga Rural.  

The estimated population growth is 3.3 percent. The current average household size is 6.3 persons and the estimated HIV/AIDS infection rate in 2007 is 7 percent, similar to the country average.

Arumeru – facts

The Arumeru district is part of the Arusha region in northern Tanzania. Arumeru has a total population of 514,651 (251,687 males and 262,964 females) with a total of 96,023 households. 

The population growth rate is 3.1 percent. Youths aged 10-24 years form 6.4 percent of the total population (33,167 persons – 14,746 males and 18,421 females).

The district has 3 hospitals, 6 health centres and 79 dispensaries. Health services are also provided through community-based approaches such as community birth attendants, community-based service providers (CBSP’s) and peer educators. In 2005 the HIV/AIDS infection rate was 6.9 percent.

The YMEP programme in Arumeru covers one district and three wards:

  • Kimnyak ward, located in the western part of the Arumeru district along Arusha Nairobi main road, with five villages. Kimnyak is a 30 minute car drive from Arusha city.
  • Maji ya Chai ward, which has five villages.
  • Kikatiti ward, which has three villages. Both Maji ya Chai and Kikatiti are in the eastern part of Arumeru, along Moshi Arusha main road. Driving from Arusha town to Kikatiti or Maji ya Chai takes about 45 minutes, and the wards are a 30 minute drive from the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

In the programme wards there are 23 schools (18 primary and 6 secondary schools), 1 college and 9 health facilities.


Songea office

Dr. John Komba
YMEP site coordinator


Shinyanga office

Dr. Donald Machombo
YMEP site coordinator


Arumeru office

The programme is being supervised from the Arusha office as well as the Northern zone office.

Ms. Edna J. Lugano
Site Coordinator

Ms. Razia R. Ngaina
Area Manager, Western Zone