Responding to your call for the Private Sector to get involved in supporting relief efforts regarding the global pandemic, the Smart Hands Tanzania “Mikono Salama” project was formed in April 2020 with the aim of providing rapid response hygiene and sanitation relief to the most vulnerable communities in Tanzania. Through the distribution of hand sanitizers, soap and water purification tablets we are excited to announce that group operations activities have commenced this week in Kinondoni District, with follow ons in Ilala and Temeke Districts in the upcoming days.
Aligned to the National Sanitation Campaign and heavily endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Local Regional Secretariat we look forward to hosting the official project launch in the coming weeks of the month of April. Built on private sector capabilities and experience, the continued success of SHTz is highly dependent on your continued technical and in-kind support as we aim to create a sustainable model for beneficiaries to access hygiene products at price points that are increasingly affordable in the long term.
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
This project will ensure vulnerable Tanzanians access critical sanitation products at no cost
The project's supply chain bypass traditional flows to respond to urgent deadlines and provide quick mitigation to the crisis.
The project aims to provide products to all Tanzanians, especially those in at-risk communities and hard to reach areas
The project is primarily private sector led, supported by the Government of Tanzania.