Directorate of Social Services and Women's Work is involved in four
- Health and
- Women's Work
- Diaconic Work
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Health Directorate is
operating under social Services and Women Work Department. It deals
with health services delivery with a "wholeness" approach
hence taking care of the body, soul and mental needs of man.
ELCT has 24 Hospitals and up to 148 health centers and dispensaries.
Among the 24 hospitals there are three District Designated Hospitals
(DDH); three Council Designated Hospitals (CDH); Zonal referral hospitals
and a wide range of Community Based Health services including programs
for HIV/AIDS control, Primary Health Care, Palliative Care and Home
Based Care complemented by a network of Community Health Workers. The
health facilities owned by ELCT provide about 15% of the national health
The Health Directorate vision is to have a healthy society with healthy
individuals and communities whereby physical, emotional, mental and
spiritual needs are met and balanced,resulting in peaceful and joyful
The Health Directorate mission is to witness and glorify God through
provision of holistic equitable, affordable, accessible and sustainable
quality health care services, in partnership with community and other
- Coordination, facilitation and capacity building. It involves also
facilitation for effective planning and implementation of health services
- Management and good governance is part of this facilitation.
- Human resource planning and development including training.
- Technical and essential health services support.
- Policy harmonization, operationalization and monitoring.
- Advocacy and lobbying work.
the ELCT Health website: www.health.elct.org
Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Health Director: email@example.com
Deputy Secretary General Social Services and Women’s Work: firstname.lastname@example.org
late President and father of the nation, Mwalimu Julius Cambarage Nyerere,
once said, ''The best approach to assist poor persons is by educating
their children.'. To him, this was one way of ensuring that there is
equality in sharing resources that are aimed for poor nations.
the ELCT is among the founders of education in Tanzania, as our involvement
in Education can be traced to the time the Churches were instituted
in the country.
the mid 70's schools were nationalized. Since that time, the focus of
the church has been in secondary education and vocational training.
in Tanzania is provided at following levels;
- 2 years of
- 7 years of
- 6 years of
Secondary Education divided into
- 4 years
of Ordinary Certificate of Education and
- 2 years
of High School Certificate
- Higher Education
Colleges and University.
present, the Government is on a program that aims at increasing enrollment
of pupils at Primary Level. The Program includes financial support
in terms of student fees and institutional physical resources.
runs more than 50 Secondary Schools, about 20 vocational training Institutions,
2 Colleges of Teachers Training and 1 university with 3 Colleges.
its Educational institutions, ELCT aims at keeping together learning
and faith in god. The state of education in Tanzania has gone
down over the last few years. Many eligible children are out of school
mostly because of lack of fees. This has made our illiteracy level to
come to 26.4% with that of female youth illiteracy standing at 13% while
that of male stands at 8%.
involvement in many pre-schools that are managed by our parishes, as
well as in other levels of education, is a move to participate in the
eradication of poverty.
membership of ELCT is constituted of more than 50% women. Their
work in Church activities is very visible at congregational level. They
are the ones who oversee the kindergarten and play schools that are
owned by the parishes. However, when one looks at the decision-making
mechanism and the hierarchy of the church, women are not visible. Various
steps have been taken to address this discrepancy which include:
decision by the national church to ordain women was made in 1990. To
date, there are still some dioceses that have not ordained women. In
some of these dioceses, the issue is a big one in the sense that discussion
about it is minimal.
reasons for women's secondary leadership roles are more than cultural.
One sees the influence of the Mission Agency that works in the area.
In the Executive Council of the Church which is the next highest decision
making body to the General Assembly, amongst 52 members, 5 are women.
In other decision-making organs, women constitute less than 20%. Some
of the ways being used to address this situation include:
- Gender Training
Sensitization. This has been done for Bishops and General Secretaries
Training for Women.
This is a 10 weeks course that is conducted yearly.
courses. These are conducted yearly for women leaders.
These are conducted for women leaders subject to the availability
- Human Rights
program is at present located in the Health work of the church. Its
focus is to enable and sensitize each parish to take care of people
in their locality with special needs - people whose numbers are
on the increasing due to various social and economic reasons. Special
attention is given to people with disabilities. Advocacy work is also
done on their behalf.