The HIA4SD project partner in Tanzania is the Ifakara Health Institute (IHI). In 2019, the project conducted focus group discussions and interviews in communities around three major mining projects in Shinyanga and Geita. A wide range of local stakeholders, including representatives from the mines, the health care sector and community members were consulted to understand local perceptions of health impacts. In addition, interviews with stakeholders at the central-level within Ministries, mining companies and civil society organizations were conducted to discuss potential policy options for managing health impacts of mining projects.
The results from the first phase of the HIA4SD project have been summarized in a series of documents:
Water and health in mining regions in sub-Saharan Africa: a mixed methods geospatial visualization
Digital storytelling video clip with insights into field work from Tanzania
On 12 August 2021, the multi-stakeholder meeting in Tanzania was held in the capital Dodoma to discuss findings from the research phase of the HIA4SD project. The meeting drew participation of members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Minerals and Community Development as well as representatives of the Ministry of Minerals and from the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children. Other participants came from the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), the National Environmental Management Commission (NEMC), academic Institutions, civil society organizations, and the media.
Meeting participants discussed the findings and thereafter engaged in a policy dialogue on how to promote the inclusion of health impact assessment as a regulatory framework in the context of natural resource extraction projects. During the discussions, meeting participants proceeded to identify specific actions and actors which are important for the next phase of engagement. At the end, the HIA4SD project leaders presented future plans to conduct additional policy engagement activities as well as build capacity through virtual and in-person training courses.