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Catalyzing injury prevention in Tanzania – from grassroots to the national stage

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Catalyzing injury prevention in Tanzania
– from grassroots to the national stage

By Mr. Michael L. Wilson, TANZANIA

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Catalyzing injury prevention in Tanzania – from grassroots to the national stage

  1. 1. Catalyzing injury prevention in Tanzania: From grassroots to the national stage Michael L. Wilson, MPH, PhD-MBA (cand.) Director Centre for Injury Prevention and Community Safety (CIPCS) PeerCorps Trust Fund Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  2. 2. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 2 Tanzania  51 million pop.  50% under 15 years  Swahili / English co- official +100  Religious harmony  Politically stable  Rapidly developing  Dar es Salaam*
  3. 3. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 3 PeerCorps: Origins  Started by 6 medical students at University of Dar es Salaam (2004)  Grassroots peer to peer education for HIV awareness and prevention (2004 - date)  Too many organizations focused on only part of the population health burden  Survey of child injuries in Dar es Salaam (2009)  CIPCS - Commitment to research, training, advocacy and practice (2009 – date)
  4. 4. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 4 Activities since 2009  20 Peer-Reviewed studies (mostly on child and adolescent safety)  Co-supervised student master theses on elder abuse, child burn prevention, falls  Training of medical students in IP/SP  Active contributor to Safe Communities activities  Attempted to host an East African Regional Safe Communities Conference (2014)  Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi  Tanzanian Injury Prevention Network (2014)  Three Star Coalition for Road Traffic Safety Member (2015)
  5. 5. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 5 What have we learned  Injury prevention is mainly a political problem but also an information problem at all levels  Donor agencies have far too much influence in local policies and practice and contribute to personnel brain drain from other important areas of prevention  Communities themselves are ready and able to embrace Safe Community concepts...the problem lies in reaching them in large numbers
  6. 6. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 6 Problems we still face  Perception of injury as an avoidable problem  Fatalism – injury due to bad luck / sorcery (witchcraft)  Community needs are often dictated by someone else  Capacity limitations
  7. 7. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 7 Moving in a different direction
  8. 8. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 8 Tanzania Injury Prevention Network (TIPN)  Membership extended to companies, researchers, safety practitioners and others  A voice for SP/IP in Tanzania  Coordinated by PeerCorps-CIPCS and Steering Committee  Interest is there!  Violence, traffic safety – core themes
  9. 9. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 9 ICT for IP/SP  Interactive toolkits for education, advocacy and training  Home safety, fire safety, traffic safety...  For more info www.tandli.com
  10. 10. 21-Dec-15 Safe Communities: Nan, Thailand 10 Thank you for your attention Contact: michael.wilson@peercorpstrust.org

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