Improving Maternal and Reproductive Health in Six Districts of Rural Tanzania

Reporting Organization:CARE Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 9,889,587
Timeframe: December 2, 2011 - March 31, 2015
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

CARE Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 9,889,587.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (35 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (35 %)

Primary Health Care (20 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (10 %)

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The goal of this project is to improve the health of women and girls, especially mothers, in six districts of the Tabora region. It aims to reduce the barriers that prevent women in rural areas from getting access to the health services they require, to provide better-quality health services for mothers and children in rural areas, and to improve the ability of community health management teams to deliver quality health services. The project enhances women’s ability to pay for health services; improves the knowledge and skills of health workers; and improves the ability of district-level health management teams to plan, budget, manage, monitor, and evaluate the health services provided in their districts. The project also builds on the government’s community-based health worker program by training volunteer health workers to provide health education and information to women and their households. The project is expected to provide quality health services to over 400,000 women and adolescent girls and to 5,800 newborns. CARE Canada implements the project in collaboration with CARE Tanzania. CARE Tanzania works with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and international and local non-governmental organizations to address gaps in health services at the community and district levels. This project is part of Canada’s maternal, newborn and child health commitment.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 597,841
Total Indirect Population: 1,168,808
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: increased utilization of maternal and reproductive health services by women and adolescent girls in the target communities; improved quality of maternal and reproductive health services at government health facilities in the target districts; and strengthened management and accountability for maternal and reproductive health services in Tabora region.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of the end of the project in March 2015 include: (1) 80% of deliveries are now taking place in health facilities, up from 46% in 2010; (2) 57% of women aged 15 – 49 with a live birth received antenatal care by a skilled health provider at least 4 times during pregnancy, up from 17% in 2010; (3) Client satisfaction with health facility services such as family planning, antenatal care, post-natal care and deliveries was 90%, up from 52% in 2012. (4) All six district governments in Tabora region are now setting targets to improve maternal, newborn and child health based on health facility data compared to only one district in 2012.

Results achieved as of March 2014 include: (1) 983 community health workers were trained to provide health education and encourage households to seek MNCH services through home visits in their communities; (2) these newly trained community health workers conducted 25,363 home visits collectively; (3) 268 health workers from 154 facilities were trained on basic emergency obstetric and newborn care ; and (4) 290 health care workers were trained on family planning and sexual and reproductive health services, of which 117 health workers were trained on short-term family planning methods and another 155 on long-term methods.

These results have contributed to increasing women and adolescent girls’ use of maternal and reproductive health services and improving the quality of maternal and reproductive health services at government health facilities in the target districts.


SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of health care service providers trained in SRHR services
  • % of women who decided to use family planning, alone or jointly with their husbands/partners
MNCH-related indicators
  • # of health facilities equipped with maternal and newborn child health, or sexual and reproductive health equipment
  • # of health facilities that provide gender-responsive family-planning services
  • %/total of health workers (male/female) trained and using their learned skills
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
  • Relevant data collection on vital statistics (birth, deaths, and causes of deaths) are collected
SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • SDG 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
  • SDG 3.7.1 Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15–49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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