Matthew Rycroft visits UKaid supported projects during second day in Tanzania

Matthew Rycroft in Kenya
Matthew Rycroft visits a Tanzanian school to see the impact of the country's partnership with UKaid. Photo: Twitter/MatthewRycroft1

The Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development, Matthew Rycroft, has continued his visit to Tanzania.

His first day in the East Africa country ended with an interview with Clouds FM to talk about the work of UKaid in Tanzania and how the organisation is working to help improve the lives of many through education, family planning, fighting organised crime and stamping out corruption.

Matthew Rycroft in Tanzania
Matthew Rycroft discusses the work of UKaid with Clouds FM. Photo: Twitter/MatthewRycroft1

He also took part in a meeting at which he was joined by UK High Commissioner Sarah Cooke to discuss the growth potential of the East Africa Region, and what partners like TradeMark East Africa are doing to help unlock the area’s potential.

Matthew Rycroft in Tanzania
Matthew Rycroft discusses the growth potential of the East Africa Region. Photo: Twitter/MatthewRycroft1

Yesterday, he flew from Dar El Salaam to see the work of Marie Stopes Tanzania, which is the country’s largest specialised sexual and reproductive health and family planning organisation, established in 1989.

Matthew Rycroft in Tanzania
Matthew Rycroft meets some of the Tanzanian women supported by UKaid and Marie Stopes. Photo: MatthewRycroft1

Working with UKaid, the Tanzanian operation of Marie Stopes International deliver approximately 33% of the contraception in Tanzania,and focus on reaching under-served women who are predominantly young, living in poverty, residing in hard-to-reach rural locations and urban slums – or a combination of all three.

They also support the government of Tanzania on the development of various policies and guidelines related to family planning and reproductive health services.

The charity have 35 mobile outreach teams who serve clients in remote rural areas in every region of Tanzania and 13 Bajaji mobile outreach teams – nurses in auto-rickshaws – who deliver sexual and reproductive health services  to the young, migrant clients in peri-urban and urban slum areas.

They also have a network of 11 clinics situated in urban areas act as centres of excellence and training centres, and offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health and family planning services.

Commenting during the visit, Mr Rycroft said: “UKaid provides family planning services to 400,000 women here every year, giving women a choice over when to have children and how many.”

In a packed day for the DFID Permanent Secretary, he visited a school to see how UKaid has partnered with Tanzania to work towards ensuring every child has a quality education.

Matthew Rycroft in Tanzania
Some of the children whose education is supported by UKaid. Photo: Twitter/MatthewRycroft1

So far, the partnership has proved a resounding success with primary school pass rates doubling in the last four years. However, there is still plenty of work still to do with only 7% of kids achieving international standards for reading and 8% for maths.

He rounded off his day by meeting Tanzanian farmers growing the avocados that you might find on the shelves of Sainsbury’s, Ttesco, or Waitrose in the UK.

Matthew Rycroft in Tanzania
Matthew Rycroft meets avocado farmers during his visit to Tanzania. Photo: Twitter/MatthewRycroft1

Once again, UKaid is supporting the farmers by helping them get their produce to market so they can trade their way out of poverty. Support is provided through CDC, the UK’s development finance institution. We support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia to create jobs.