Our Impact

Impact to Date

Since 2004, Touch’s work in Tanzania has improved the health and wellbeing of the Tanzanian people. We have invested over $60 million in strengthening Tanzania’s health system, mitigating its healthcare worker crisis and improving the lives of 17 million Tanzanians, nearly one-third of the country’s population. Together with our partners, our achievements include:

Improving the quantity and quality of healthcare workers


in Tanzania every year using our WISN+POA tool

over 6,000 healthcare workers trained

in the past decade, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists

10% of all Tanzanian skilled healthcare workers

graduated since 2008 benefited from Touch’s support

over 900 students housed

in new and refurbished dormitories

Increasing MD student enrollment

from 10 students in 2004 to nearly 1,000 students today at our flagship partner institution, the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, now one of the largest medical schools in Tanzania

Enhancing healthcare delivery

27% decrease in maternal deaths

in pilot districts benefitting from our maternal and newborn health program providing quality care and emergency referrals and transport


screened for hypertension

Reaching 1/3 of the Population

of Tanzania (~17 million people) through our programs in the Lake Zone that are addressing gaps in the health system

Installing essential infrastructure

such as electricity generators, water pumps, waste incinerators, and laundry equipment

620,000 patients provided

with better quality care at Treat & Train Network health facilities

Impact Reports

As Touch implements our programs in Tanzania, we magnify our global reach by documenting results and sharing our knowledge with local and international partners. In addition to publishing reports, our team presents our work at international conferences.

Rheumatic Heart Disease Final Report

Download PDF
In 2016, WHO reported that an estimated 33% of all deaths in Tanzania resulted from Noncommunicable Diseases, with 17% being from cardiovascular diseases including Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). Over a period of 5 years, we designed a blueprint for an RHD identification and referral program that empowers and supports people and communities affected by RHD. This reports explains and offers reflections on this 5-year program.

Treat & Train Executive Report

Download PDF
This external evaluation analyzes the outcomes and social and economic value of our Treat & Train clinical education program implemented in the Lake Zone of Tanzania. It finds that the program improved the quality of healthcare services, increased the willingness of students to work in rural underserved areas after graduation, and reduced the financial burden on patients.

Treat & Train Full Report

Download PDF
The full version of the external evaluation provides the in-depth analysis of the outcomes and social and economic value of our Treat & Train clinical education program implemented in the Lake Zone of Tanzania.

M-Mama Impact Report (2017)

Download PDF
This report analyzes the impact of M-Mama’s emergency transportation system (EmTS) on the health outcomes of mothers and newborns in rural Tanzania. It finds that the EmTS solution significantly reduces the maternal mortality ratio and is highly cost-effective.

Community-based Transport System in Shinyanga Report (2023)

Download PDF
This report examines the cost-effectiveness of the community-based transportation system that is at the core of our m-mama program. It finds that the introduction of the m-mama emergency transportation system is more cost effective compared to standard ambulance system alone in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania and projects that lessons learned in scaling up the intervention will only improve its cost-effectivenss and outcomes.

Lessons from the m-mama innovative pilot program in Shinyanga, Tanzania (2023)

Download PDF
This report documents the lessons learnt and best practices toward sustainability of the m-mama program for reducing maternal and newborn mortality in Tanzania.
See additional impact reports