Ummy Mwalimu Bio
Ummy Mwalimu (Ummy Ally Mwalimu) was born on 5th September 1973 in Tanzania. She is a Tanzanian politician and an appointed member of parliament. She is the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children.
As Health Minister, she banned the importation and sale of sexual lubricants into Tanzania stating this would curb homosexuality, which is criminalized in Tanzania. This stance has been condemned by NGOs and goes against UNAIDS the recommendation that providing water-based lubricants along with condoms can help curb the spread of HIV.
Ummy Mwalimu Education Background
Mwalimu was born on September 5, 1973. She completed her schooling from the Korogwe Girls Secondary School in 1993. in 1998, she received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Dar es Salaam. She received her Master of Laws degree from the University of Pretoria in 2001. Between 2000 and 2010, she worked in various governmental and NGO agencies in legal, research and governance roles.
Ummy Mwalimu Political Career
Mwalimu first became involved with the CCM in 2007. She is a two-term Member of Parliament as a member of CCM. In 2010 and again in 2015, she was appointed to a seat reserved for women by the President.
In President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration, she served in a succession of ministerial roles. Between 2010 and 2014, she was Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children. She also served as Deputy Minister in the Vice President’s Office and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
In 2015, the newly elected President John Magufuli appointed Mwalimu as Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children.
As Health Minister, she banned the importation and sale of sexual lubricants into Tanzania stating this would curb homosexuality, which is criminalized in Tanzania.
This stance has been condemned by NGOs and goes against UNAIDS recommendation that providing water-based lubricants along with condoms can help curb the spread of HIV.
Mwalimu has stated her support for ending an underage marriage and assured activists she would table a bill in Parliament amending the laws that allow persons under the age of 18 to get married.
Once the law is passed, this practice will be illegal.
Ummy Mwalimu Contacts
Address: P.O Box 2249 Tanga
Ummy Mwalimu News
Dengue fever kills 4 in Tanzania, as 4,000 diagnosed with the disease
Four people have died in Tanzania as a result of the dengue fever and more than 4,000 others have been diagnosed with the disease, as of June 21st, 2019 the government has said.
Three people died in Dar es Salaam while one died in Dodoma, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu said on Friday 21st June 2019 in Parliament as she read out the government statement on the disease.
Two of the deaths were reported last month.
The government confirmed the dengue fever outbreak on March 18, 2018, when it said 11 people had been diagnosed with the disease in Dar es Salaam.
According to Ms. Mwalimu, the government has taken several measures to contain the spread of the disease and ordered free testing in all public hospitals and health centers.
The Medical Stores Department has 30,000 test kits to public health facilities, Ms. Mwalimu added.