This program started officially in 2004 with the support from Evangelical Lutheran church in America (ELCA), then in 2007, the new grant came from USAID under a project called CHAT project scaling up the services to more facilities and after the project phased out the scale up continued to more other facility from 13 to 23 hospitals and 4 lower health facilities providing Palliative care services.
The project aims to easy the access to SRHR information, education and services among adolescents and youth in 10 Districts of Tanzania through 10 ELCT hospitals located in those places. The project will be scaled up to other places upon the availability of funds using the experience gain from the piloted areas.
This program is implemented in 22 ELCT hospitals and 5 Lower health facilities. It has main four areas abbreviated FAYMA; Family planning, Youth friendly services, Male involvement and Assessment and management of reproductive health issues including but not limited to cervical cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and STIs.
Shortage of staff in ELCT hospitals is one of the very big challenges faced at the moment. Most of ELCT hospitals are located in remote area