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Ministry of Health and Social Welfare

Tanzania’s public health system operates at the national (strategy and policy-making), regional (technical advice and capacity building) and district (coordination and supervision of implementation) levels.  The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) is responsible for overall oversight, formulation and implementation of all malaria-relevant policies. The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) is the main arm of the MoHSW responsible for overseeing all malaria control activities. NMCP is responsible for designing strategies, developing guidelines, mobilizing resources, facilitating implementation, and conducting M&E on progress on malaria control interventions.

In line with the decentralization introduced in the 1990s, the government has delegated decision-making power on primary healthcare to the district and regional level. The primary healthcare system is organised as a pyramidal system with different levels, including village health services, dispensary services, health centre services, district hospitals, regional hospitals, and referral/consultant hospitals.