Simiyu Region is one of Tanzania‘s 31 administrative regions. Simiyu Region is located North of Tanzania and South East of Lake Victoria, lying between Latitude 20 1” and 400” South of Equator and between Longitude 3303” and 350 1” East of Greenwich.
The region covers an area of 23,807.7 square kilometres and administratively it consists of 5 Districts, 6 Councils, 16 divisions, 109 wards, and 471 villages. According to the 2012 National population census, the population of Simiyu Region was 1,584,157 with a population growth rate of 1.8 per cent per annum.
The Region is bordered by Manyara and Singida Regions in the East, Shinyanga region in the South, Mwanza region in the West, and Mara Region in the North. In the Eastern boundary and part of Northern boundary borders the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks. Simiyu region experiences moderate temperatures ranging from an average of 180C to 310C annually.
On August 20, 2019, the Nyumba ni Choo Campaign was launched by the regional commissioner Honourable Antony Mtaka. On his opening remarks, the RC said “In our culture, there are reasons why some people did not use the toilets that are cultural reasons, that the father-in-law cannot share the toilet with his boyfriend’s wife, so even if you were building a toilet for some households back then there were consumer resistance ”
“You find there is a toilet for some households but still members of that household are going wild, this is a culture that we must campaign on as we have done anti-FGM campaigns to get our communities back to basics, in our region by November 2019 each. the household will have a clean and functional toilet, ” said Mtaka.
Also, Mtaka said he is 100% supportive of the Nyumba Ni Choo Campaign as it is a campaign that helps the Nation with sanitation and promised that by November 2019 every household in Simiyu Region will have a better toilet.
For his part, the Administrative Secretary of Simiyu Region, Mr Jumanne Sagini said Simiyu has 215,316 households of which 208,856 had toilets equalled 97 per cent and only 97,536 equals 46.7 per cent had better toilets.
The National Sanitation Campaign Coordinator from the Ministry of Health Mr Anyitike Mwakitalima said the campaign is being done to help improve the health of the country because many diseases are contaminated and one way to deal with pollution is the use of proper sanitation and sanitation. hands for clean, safe water with soap.