AMREF and SickKids Join Forces to Improve Health

SickKids’ experts train health professionals in Tanzania to improve care for newborns.

Project timeline: January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

Situation – Lack of access to health care endangers the lives of mothers and their babies

In the Shinyanga region in northern Tanzania, accessing health care is difficult for women during pregnancy and delivery. Amref Health Africa and the Hospital for Sick Children’s (SickKids) Global Child Health Program are working together to increase the number of trained health care workers available to mothers and their babies.

  • Northern Tanzania, where Shinyanga is located, has a critical shortage of health care workers, having only 50 per cent of the skilled health professionals that it requires.
  • Only 39 per cent of deliveries in the Shinyanga region of Tanzania are assisted by a trained health professional. Nationally, 51 per cent of mothers in Tanzania give birth with trained medical assistance.

Action – Training health care workers in Tanzania

SickKids is working with Amref Health Africa to train Tanzanian health care workers in key areas of survival for newborns, including:

  • Thermoregulation;
  • Infection prevention; and,
  • Prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission

“Every day that I saw another newborn and new mother, I was inspired and even more committed to the training we were providing. The challenges are big but through small, well-organized and thoughtful processes, substantial gains can be achieved.” -Judy Dawes, nurse practitioner, neonatal intensive care unit, SickKids

Results – Saving newborns’ lives

The training provided by SickKids experts is making a lasting difference in the quality of health care available to mothers and newborns in the Shinyanga region.

  • SickKids’ experts in newborn health have trained 20 Tanzanian health care workers, who in turn are training their colleagues.


Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Global Child Health Program
Shinyanga Regional Hospital, Tanzania

AMREF and SickKids Join Forces for Child Health in Tanzania

Published: 07 February 2013 Sean Power

TORONTO – The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are joining together to combat the high mortality rate of children in rural Tanzania. Read more

Project at a glance


Shinyanga region in Tanzania has only 50% of skilled health workers it requires.

Only 39% of deliveries are assisted by a trained health worker.


Training health care workers in the Shinyanga region.


SickKids’ experts have trained 20 Tanzanian health workers in newborn care.

Kevin O'Neill
Director of Programs

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