Accelerating Efforts to Improve Maternal and Child Health in the Simiyu Region

Reporting Organization:Amref Health Africa in Tanzania
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 13,017,308
Timeframe: November 1, 2011 - March 31, 2015
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Amref Health Africa in Tanzania

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 13,017,308.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (50 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (20 %)

Primary Health Care (10 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (20 %)

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The project aims to improve health services for mothers, newborn babies, and young children in all five districts of the Simiyu region in Tanzania. The project is designed to strengthen existing health systems and to empower community members, especially women, to demand the health services they require, to make choices that support good health, and to get involved in managing local health care services. Specific activities include refurbishing and equipping health centres and district hospitals, providing training for local government officials to help them better manage and prioritize health services for mothers and children, and providing training for health workers with a focus on gender equality and public health issues. The project also supports community engagement activities that help local communities become more aware of issues relating to the health of women and children and to gender equality. The project provides community health workers with essential tools for treating women and children and training in home-based life-saving skills, birth planning, the treatment of childhood illnesses, and involving men in supporting the health of women and children in their community. This project is expected to directly help 108,000 pregnant women, 20,000 infants, and 114,000 children under five and indirectly help another 400,000 women and their families. The African Medical and Research Foundation is working in partnership with the Government of Tanzania, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and local government authorities to implement the project. This project is part of Canada’s maternal, newborn, and child health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Under-5 children Newborns
Total Direct Population: 242,000
Total Indirect Population: 400,000
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Women knowledge increased
3924 New CHW trained
838 Providers trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of the end of the project in March 2015 include:

(1) Births taking place in a facility with a skilled birth attendant increased to almost 70% by March 2015, up from 58% in 2012; (2) 64% of pregnant women are receiving antenatal care at least four times during pregnancy, up from 29% in 2012; (3) 82% of all primary level health facilities have at least one skilled birth attendant compared to 15% in 2012. This was achieved through reallocation of staff by local authorities, with project support; and (4) Client satisfaction with MNCH services increased to 91% by March 2015, up from 58% in 2012.

Results achieved as of March 2014 include: (1) the percentage of births taking place in a facility with a skilled birth attendant increased from 58% in 2012 to 67%; (2) the number of perinatal deaths (such as still births or deaths within the first seven days of life) dropped from 36 per 1,000 live births to 20 per 1,000 live births, exceeding the project target of 25 and lower; (3) 838 health care workers were trained in different MNCH intervention skills, including emergency obstetrics and integrated management of childhood illness; (4) 3,924 new community health workers were trained MNCH issues and are active in their respective villages; and (5) The percentage of women with knowledge of danger signs of obstetric, neonatal and child health complications has increased from 26% at the beginning of the project to 70% by March 2014.

These results have contributed to improving the quality and reliability of MNCH facilities and services, as well as the ability of communities to participate in the response to basic MNCH issues in Simiyu region.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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