Advancing primary care: Establishing family medicine specialty in Tanzania

Eric L. Aghan, Henry Ziegler, Donatus R. Mutasingwa, Enica R. Massawe, Peter J. Wangwe, Dennis Lyakurwa, Muzdalifat Abeid, Riaz Ratansi, Nadeem Kassam, Esther Johnston

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Family medicine has existed as a training pathway through a private university in Tanzania since 2004. As global calls have increased to embrace primary health care as a pathway to ensuring universal health coverage, so has Tanzania recently turned to explore family medicine as a specialty to improve access to comprehensive, high-quality healthcare for her entire population. This article outlines ongoing efforts to define competencies and skills of a family medicine physician in Tanzania, engage government support and open the first public university training programme for family medicine postgraduate education.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera4248
JournalAfrican Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Tanzania
  • family medicine
  • family physician
  • primary health care
  • training


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