Thursday, July 31st, 2014
MEDA Economic Development Associates, Tanzania (MEDA Tanzania) is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) that is locally registered in Tanzania. Our main purpose is to alleviate poverty through sustainable economic development. We work with both government and the private sector to help accomplish our goals.
MEDA Tanzania is part of a global NGO called Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). Headquartered in Waterloo, Canada, MEDA is an association of Christians, in business and the professions, committed to applying biblical teachings in the marketplace and sharing their faith, abilities and resources to address human needs through economic development.
In Tanzania, malaria is responsible for more than one-third of deaths among children under the age of 5 years and for up to one-fifth of deaths among pregnant women. Malaria also consumes an estimated 3.4% of national resources per year (GDP) making malaria a major contributor to the continuing cycle of poverty and stifled economic performance in Tanzania. It is not only a health, but also a major development and economic issue. Sadly, malaria is both preventable and treatable.
Established in 1986, MEDA Tanzania has extensive experience in various programs dealing with agricultural development, urban and rural microfinance operations, microenterprise training, and health-sector distribution programs. We are currently experts in voucher program implementation and operations and we are at the forefront of developing mobile technology solutions for health.