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Tanzanians see progress on health services, their top priority for government action, Afrobarometer survey shows

30 Mar 2022 Tanzania
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Key findings
  • Health tops the list of important problems that Tanzanians think the government should urgently address, cited by 53% of respondents as one of their three priorities (Figure 1).
  • The share of citizens who went without needed medical care during the previous year declined from 71% in 2012 to 47% in 2021 (Figure 2).
  • More than six in 10 respondents (62%) who had contact with a public health facility during the past year say they found it easy to obtain the care they needed, a 14- percentage-point improvement since 2012 (Figure 3).
  • Three-quarters of Tanzanians (75%) say the government is doing a good job of improving basic health services, up from 43% in 2012 (Figure 4).

While health still tops the list of problems that Tanzanians want their government to address, most citizens praise the government’s efforts in the health sector, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

Three-fourths of citizens say the government is doing a good job of improving basic health services.

In addition, fewer Tanzanians report having difficulty obtaining medical care or having to go without needed care entirely.