Tanzania shares its borders with eight African and is home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. At 947,300 square kilometers (365,754 square miles), Tanzania is the 31st largest country in the world. It is approximately the size of British Columbia, twice the size of California.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATE
Tanzania’s president declared the country free of new coronavirus cases in early June, though the World Health Organization has expressed concerns at the lack of reporting since late April and the high risks of ongoing, unreported infection.
Since cases were first identified, World Renew has worked in partnership with the Africa Inland Church Tanzania, in the Dioceses of Geita, Mara, and Ukerewe to increase public awareness about COVID-19 and how to prevent its transmission. Through radio shows, these projects have reached thousands throughout the region. In addition, World Renew continues to provide personal protective equipment to health workers, handwashing equipment to the Ebenezer Children’s Home, and prevention information about COVID-19 for dissemination among local congregations.
World Renew programming remains active, with national staff working from their homes and international staff working from their home countries for the time being. All in-person field visits, community meetings, workshops and partner updates have been cancelled until further notice. Prayers are requested at this time for discernment by the government for a resurgence in cases, physical safety of the people, and hope amidst new economic realities for the country as small businesses, transportation, and tourism sectors suffer the brunt of the impact.