Tanzania

Research to improve infant and young child feeding practices

Activities

ARCH Project activities in Tanzania were completed in 2015. Additional information can be found on our Resources page.

  • Added to the body of evidence describing infant and young child feeding practices in Tanzania in peer reviewed publications
  • Assessed the labelling and promotion practices employed by manufacturers and other actors in the supply chain of foods for infants and young children
  • Conducted dissemination meetings and panel discussions with government stakeholders and other policy advocates in Tanzania on the implications of ARCH results

Key Indicators

34%

stunting among children under 5

5%

wasting among children under 5

67

under 5 mortality (per 1,000 live births)

51%

early initiation of breastfeeding

59%

exclusive breastfeeding under 6 months

90%

continued breastfeeding at age one

43%

continued breastfeeding at age 2

8%

minimum acceptable diet age 6-23 months

Legal Status of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes:
Full provisions in law

Sources: Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), [Tanzania Mainland], Ministry of Health (MoH) [Zanzibar], National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Office of the Chief Government Statistician (OCGS), and ICF International 2016. Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey and Malaria Indicator Survey (TDHS-MIS) 2015-16. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Rockville, Maryland, USA: MoHSW, MoH, NBS, OCGS, and ICF International; Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre & The United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare 2014. Tanzania National Nutrition Survey 2014.’ WHO. UNICEF. IBFAN. Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: National Implementation of the International Code. Status Report 2016. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016.***

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