The mission of the Association is “to contribute significantly to the improvement of the health status of the Tanzanian population, through promoting of good public health practices”.
The vision of TPHA is to be a broad-based, solid and well respected Association, one which is sustainable and capable of addressing major public health issues in Tanzania.
Promoting Health and Preventing Disease in Tanzania, through advocacy for sound public health policies and practices and for healthy lifestyles.
Tanzania Public health Association (TPHA) was established in 1980 with the aim promoting health and preventing disease in Tanzania, through advocacy for sound public health policies and practices and for healthy lifestyles. The association draws multidisciplinary health practitioners and many others interested in public health and solutions of health related problems. Membership is also open to non-Tanzanians residing within and outside the country. The Association’s membership is broad-based and multi-disciplinary. It includes medical and public health personnel, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, health officers, nutritionists, medical sociologists, behavioural scientists, economists, educationists, engineers, lawyers, veterinary practitioners and many others who are interested in public health and in the solution of health related problems. Currently the Association has over 2,666 members, the majority from within Tanzania. TPHA was established in 1980, registered on 27th December 1980 (Registration Number 6210) and received a Certificate of Compliance to the Non-Governmental Organization Act of 2002 No. 0751 in May, 2008. Currently TPHA is operating in Tanzania Mainland. However, it has members in Zanzibar as well as in other countries. So far, TPHA has 13 Regional Chapters in Arusha/Manyara, Dar-es-Salaam, Dodoma, Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Mara, Mbeya, Morogoro, Mwanza, Pwani, Shinyanga and Tanga. The Chapters address public health issues at regional and district levels, and are much closer to the communities.
TPHA has been organizing annual scientific conferences since 1982.These conferences always yield fruitful deliberations and recommendations for action or policy change. Recommendations are usually presented to the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders. The conference objective is to foster and facilitate communication between scientists, practitioners, trainers, policy/decision makers and the general public on issues pertaining to public health.