Mama na Mtoto

Reporting Organization:University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 10,700,000
Timeframe: April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2020
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Dr Jenn Brenner
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 9,630,000.00 (90.00%)

Canada - $ 1,070,000.00 (10.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Promotion & Education (25 %)

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (25 %)

Primary Health Care (25 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Law, Governance & Public Policy (25 %)

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Mama na Mtoto (MnM), which means ‘mother and child’ in Swahili, is a research and implementation initiative between Canadian, Tanzanian, and Ugandan partners that strives to improve maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) in rural Tanzania.

This project will build upon proven implementation steps, tools and resources from MamaToto (Uganda) which will be adapted for Tanzanian policy and setting. We work with local governments, universities, and communities to strengthen health systems, fortify health facilities, and build community engagement by leveraging local knowledge and skills and recognizing the role of gender and equity to execute effective and sustainable MNCH initiatives.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Under-5 children Newborns
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 237,000
Total Indirect Population: 387,000
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1357 CHW trained
2180 Community members sensitised
300 Health facility staff trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

MnM will contribute to significant and sustained maternal, child and neonatal mortality reduction through district-led, comprehensive, integrated, intense health system strengthening in two high-needs districts in Mwanza Region, Lake Zone, Tanzania.

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved delivery of essential health services to mothers, pregnant women, newborns and children under five; (2) improved health practices and improved utilization of essential health services by mothers, pregnant women, newborns, and children under five; and (3) increased engagement of Canadians in addressing maternal, newborn and child health issues.

Achieved Results

Results achieved as of September 2018 include: (1) 300 health facility staff have received training in maternal and child health clinical care and management; (2) 1357 community health workers have received training in maternal and child health; and (3) 2,180 community members have been reached through promotion activities related to maternal and child health. These results are contributing to improved capacity of community members to seek essential care, and improved capacity of health facilities to provide quality health services.


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 3.2.1 Under‑5 mortality rate
  • SDG 3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate
MNCH-related indicators
  • %/total of mothers, and %/total of babies, who received postnatal care within two days of childbirth
  • %/total of women attended at least four times during pregnancy by any provider for reasons related to the pregnancy
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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