More and Better Midwives in Rural Tanzania

Reporting Organization:Canadian Association of Midwives
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 10,500,000
Timeframe: January 1, 2016 - January 1, 2021
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Canadian Association of Midwives

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Tanzania, United Republic of - $ 10,500,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Health Systems, Training & Infrastructure (50 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (10 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Economic Development & Empowerment (20 %)

Law, Governance & Public Policy (20 %)

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With the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being of women and children in the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania, The More and Better Midwives for Rural Tanzania (MBM-RTz) initiative will make significant contributions to ensuring that women and children in these areas have greater access to skilled midwifery care now and in the future. From 2016 through 2021, CAM will act as an implementing partner on this Jhpiego-led project supporting the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MOHCGEC) to fulfill national priorities for maternal and newborn survival as well as address inadequate numbers and inequitable distribution of human resources of health for midwifery care. MBM-RTz will collaborate with government and external development partners to ensure that investments in midwifery education result in the production of sufficient numbers of competent nurse-midwives who can provide quality care, improve health and save lives. CAM work on MBMrTz will focus on enhancing the capacity of experienced district-based midwives to effectively mentor new midwifery graduates and other health workers within target facilities; building the capacity of the Tanzanian registered Midwives Association (TAMA) to work with relevant authorities to advocate for and facilitate the regulation and licensure process, and to bring the voices of Tanzania’s midwives to the process; and strengthening competency-based education and training to improve evidence-based and respectful RMNCH care.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Unspecified
Total Direct Population: 230
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175 Midwives completing training
38 Midwives completing Mentorship training
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

Another 230 in-service midwives will receive training in Respectful Maternity Care and Mentorship through the remaining years of the project. Student midwives will receive mentorship support. Students in secondary schools in the Lake and Western Zone of Tanzania will receive information and encouragement about choosing midwifery as a career option. The Tanzania Association of Midwives will carry out advocacy with relevant government authorities to raise the profile of midwifery in the country.

To date, CAM and the Tanzania Association of Midwives have developed stand-alone workshops in Respectful Maternity Care and Mentorship for in service Midwives. 175 midwives have completed the Respectful Maternity Care training, and 38 midwives have completed the Mentorship training and are working as mentors.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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