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Smart Hands Tanzania

The Safe Hands Tanzania (SHTz)1 “Mikono Salama” is a private sector-led initiative aimed at supporting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming efforts through an equity lens by reaching the last mile distribution in Tanzania.  Over the past year, the SHTz project has engaged with the private sector and has successfully onboarded nine private companies to support manufacturing, distribution, and overall project governance.

Project partners include the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt), UNICEF, Dalberg Tanzania and Amref Tanzania, Absa Bank Tanzania, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Primefuels Tanzania and Chemi Cotex Industries from the private sector.  SHTz has also involved the government at national and sub national levels and gained official approval of the initiative from the President’s Office Regional Authority and Local Government (PORALG) and Ministry of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC). These relationships have been critical in facilitating the redesign and implementation of the initiative at all levels and has allowed for SHTz to extend its scope to  target other communicable diseases such as cholera and beneficiaries to include public health facilities .

About SHTz

The Smart Hands Tanzania (SHTz) “Mikono Salama” is a private sector-led initiative aimed at increasing private sector participation and investment in promoting child rights by contributing to delivering results for children in the WASH Sector in Tanzania through an equity lens by reaching the last mile first. Under the Smart Hands Tanzania sits the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt), UNICEF, the Government of Tanzania, CSOs and, other private and public sector stakeholders.

The added advantage the SHTz brings to the table is to leverage the private sector capacities in WASH commodities manufacturing, donations, distribution channels and transportation networks to contribute to improving efficiency in the sector. SHTz aims to bolster response efforts by fast-tracking the supply and distribution of critical hygiene products including water guard, soap, hand sanitizers, and handwashing stations to vulnerable communities.

To ensure the effective delivery of hygiene products and services and overall Project success the SHTz delivery model focuses on four guiding principles

Guiding Principles

Suspension of the Profit motive

This project will ensure vulnerable Tanzanians access critical sanitation products at no cost

Speed

The project's supply chain bypass traditional flows to respond to urgent deadlines and provide quick mitigation to the crisis.

"Last Mile" Saturation

The project aims to provide products to all Tanzanians, especially those in at-risk communities and hard to reach areas

Private Sector Led

The project is primarily private sector led, supported by the Government of Tanzania.

To learn more about how you can support efforts under the Smart Hands Tanzania project contact the CEO Roundtable at +255 746 370 464