Population: 41,048,532 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $1,300 (2008 est)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $45 (Intl $, 2006)
Tanzania is located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique. Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964.
Implementing Partner in Country: Tanzanian Diabetes Association (Dr. Kaushik Ramaiya and colleagues)
Life for a Child Support
commenced in 2005
Support of 40 children and adolescents was commenced in 2005 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – with the provision of insulin, syringes, and education. A machine to measure HbA1c (glycosylated haemoglobin – an index of medium-term blood glucose control) was also provided.
The hospitals caring for the children also receive help from other agencies and the Tanzanian Government, and so the support has been able to be stretched to 130 children and adolescents.