Saving Lives: Moms and Babies in Tanzania

A mother and her babyAccelerating Efforts to Improve Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Simiyu Region

“UZAZI UZIMA PROJECT”

Project timeline: October 2011 to March 2015
Funder: Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

Situation – Moms and babies lacked access to health care

Mothers and their children in the Simiyu region of northwestern Tanzania lacked access to basic health care during pregnancy, delivery and the first few years of life.

Focusing on five districts where mother and child deaths are high, Amref Health Africa in Tanzania worked to ensure quality health care was available to prevent unnecessary deaths.

Action: Accelerating health care for mothers and their children

Amref Health Africa in Tanzania ramped up efforts to improve the health of moms and babies by:

  • bridging the gap between community and formal heath systems
  • enhancing community awareness and demand for health care services
  • improving access to comprehensive, quality health care for mothers and their children

"I thank Amref Health Africa and the Government of Canada for supporting us with working gears. In addition to the equipment, the training I received on mother and child health has empowered me with knowledge.” Mariam Joseph, a community health worker trained by the Uzazi Uzima project

Results – Saving lives

The project made excellent progress in ensuring better health for moms and babies.

The project has reached:

  • 98,781 women, (between the ages of 15 and 49)
  • 21,390 babies
  • 121,047 children under the age of 5
  • 3,671 local and government officials.

And trained:

  • 838 health workers
  • 3,924 volunteer community health workers who work in rural and remote villages.

And, great strides we made in ensuring women, babies and children have access to health care:

  • 66.7% of births are assisted by skilled attendants compared to 58% in 2011
  • facility delivery has increased from to 67% from 58% in 2011
  • fourth antenatal care attendance is now at 54.3% compared to 29% at baseline, (the World Health Organization recommends four antenatal visits to a trained health care worker for every pregnant woman)
  • 60% of health facilities have a designated staff responsible for community health services comparing to 35% at baseline.