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Sec. Clinton Visits EngenderHealth-Supported Health Center in Tanzania

June 14, 2011—During a recent trip to Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the Buguruni Health Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, an EngenderHealth-supported integrated health center that serves a population of 80,000 and treats and counsels up to 500 clients every week.

Clinton received a tour of the facility, including the family planning unit supported by our ACQUIRE Tanzania Project, and met with several patients and health workers. A local theater group also performed an educational play, organized by EngenderHealth’s CHAMPION Project, which is used to encourage family dialogue to improve reproductive health. Dunstan Bishanga, CHAMPION’s acting chief of party, introduced the play to Clinton and answered questions afterward.

The Government of Tanzania runs the Buguruni Health Center, with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The integrated center offers multiple services including antenatal care, family planning, pediatric care, malaria, and HIV services.

“The Buguruni Health Center is an example of the coordinated services and care that the U.S. Global Health Initiative is designed to support around the world,” according to a June 12 State Department press release.

During her visit, Clinton also announced an additional $24 million in U.S. funding over three years to support a new PEPFAR initiative against gender-based violence. Both the ATP and CHAMPION projects will participate in this initiative. Clinton also visited Ethiopia and met fistula survivors there during her three-nation trip to Africa.

For more photos of the Secretary’s trip to Tanzania, visit the State Department Flickr page.

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