Improving the Quality of Care for Mothers and Babies in Tanzania

News article 22 Aug 2016

CMNH has been awarded a contract by the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Tanzania office to provide refresher Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) training courses in two regions of Tanzania.

UNICEF is a United Nations program that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in low and middle income countries. 

The CMNH team, Dr Charles Ameh and Dr Mselenge Mdegela, will deliver a package of sustainable, high quality maternal and newborn interventions in Mbeya and Njombe regions. Within these two regions the CMNH team will work in 11 districts to increase the knowledge and skills of healthcare providers working in 44 different healthcare facilities.  The project will take place over 18 months with the aims to:

•          Train 288 healthcare providers, 20 of those will go on to be Master Trainers

•          Work with the healthcare facilities to implement a Quality Improvement package

•          Provide supportive supervision and mentoring for healthcare providers

•          Provide expertise in monitoring, documentation and reporting of outcomes

The project is designed to support and strengthen the local capacity of the healthcare providers, with an emphasis on sustainability and value for money. The CMNH team will work in close collaboration with UNICEF and with Reproductive and Child Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Community, Development, Gender, Elderly and Children in Tanzania.

CMNH are delighted to work with UNICEF Tanzania, and to be able to expand our work into Mbeya and Njombe. This sustainable programme will help to strengthen local healthcare providers’ knowledge and skills ultimately improving the quality of care provided to mothers and babies.