There is no time to waste. We must either unite now or perish.

-Julius Nyerere, the President of Tanzania 1960-1985

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  • Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world with the vast majority of people living in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 a day.
  • In 2013, Tanzania ranked 152nd out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme.
  • Nearly half the population of ~50,000,000 is age 14 or younger.
  • Tanzania ranks #13 in countries in the world for the greatest prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
  • There is one doctor for every 100,000 people and in remote areas that number can grow to one doctor for every 1,000,000 people.
  • Nearly have the country lives without access to an improved water source within 30 minutes walking distance from their homes.
  • Less than half of all births are attended by a skilled healthcare worker.
  • 130 children die every day from the effects of malnutrition.
  • Of the 1.9% of the country’s youth enrolled in upper secondary school, a small fraction are girls. And less than 1/2 of 1% of students attend university.
  • 80% of people work in agriculture. 97.8% of households cultivated their land with the hand hoe. 95% of the people use firewood for cooking.
  • Girls can be legally married at 15 with parental consent, though some are married as young as age seven.
  • 44% of women are either mothers or pregnant with their first child by age 19.
  • 83% of the population does not have access to electricity.
  • Nearly 90% of the people live without access to an improved sanitation source.
  • 75% of the people regularly go without adequate food and nutrition.



Sources: HDR; Sources: World Vision; Nurturing Minds in Africa; UNICEF; United Republic of Tanzania;Ilo.org; Half the Sky Movement, Engender Health, Touch Foundation, Gap Medics, Palgrave Journals. Cia.gov; Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; Human Rights Watch: No Way Out; ilo.org; who.int; unicef.org; EAC.int; USAID, Tanzania Education; borgenproject.org; Ifad.org