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Last updated: June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

More than 248,000 people—mostly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo—reside in the Nyarugusu, Nduta, and Mtendeli refugee camps in Tanzania’s Kigoma region after being driven from their homes by political unrest. People living in these camps are often confined within them, with limited work, with limited work opportunities, and must rely on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.

March 2, 2022

Being a day-schooler is a challenge. You must travel a long distance by foot and sometimes being disturbed by men on the way,” said Semeni, who plans to pursue a B.A. in education after graduating. “Now that I’m a boarding student for almost two years, I can focus more on my studies than before.

February 7, 2022

USAID's Land Conservation in Western Tanzania (LCWT) activity supports communities in many ways to improve livelihoods that do not lead to biodiversity loss. Village based savings and loans groups called Community Conservation Banks, or COCOBAs, engage in beekeeping, wild mushroom collection, coffee production and even teaching people how to build and market fuel efficient wood stoves. Neema Elias, a 33-year-old daughter of Burundian Refugees, and mother of three, is testimony to what happens when a savings and loan group beneficiary is motivated and trained to try them all.

January 25, 2022

Identification and notification of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients in rural areas need much more than high-technology machines for screening. Tanzania's Kilimanjaro region has been on the frontline to strengthen the provision of TB services including identification and treatment of MDR-TB patients. Unfortunately, without a comprehensive strategy and ample effort, it was difficult for the Regional Health Team to identify and notify MDR-TB patients.

November 9, 2021

Located in Kilolo, Iringa region, the Kitelewasi youth group is made up of 14 individuals. The group recently identified an opportunity to establish a maize milling enterprise, a staple food for a large population in the area. A maize milling project would not only earn the youth group income, it would be beneficial to their community and surrounding villages as well. However, the lack of startup capital made it difficult for them to implement their business idea.

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