My colleagues on Twaweza’s Sauti za Wananchi mobile phone-based surveys are scaling up their output this year, in a big way. After the fascinating briefs they launched in last month on water supplies and the new constitution, they have a new one out today, on health services.
Tanzania has been making great strides on some health-related measures (notably malaria and child mortality), but has a long way to go in other areas. Sikika recently found, for example, that over 90% of public hospitals lacked essential medicines (pdf), and that there is a real problem in retaining doctors, with one survey reporting that 40% of graduate medical doctors were no long practising clinical medicine (pdf).
Back the Sauti brief, there are some very interesting findings: Continue reading