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Research to Engage Communities and Health systems (REACH- MNCH) in Tanzania


We are looking at how poverty, gender and living in rural areas contribute to delays in access to, and the quality of, maternal and child healthcare. Interventions to address these barriers will also be identified. This project is part of a larger initiative called the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program, led by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Ours is one of 20 research teams, composed of leading African and Canadian researchers and African decision-makers. The aim is to generate new knowledge about how interventions work, for whom and under what conditions. Each team is working closely with health policy and research organizations to promote the uptake of research findings to influence national and regional policies and practices.


Iringa region, Tanzania


  • Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Regional and District Medical Officers for Iringa region
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science


September 2015 - April 2020

Expected Results

  • Understand the processes and context at the community and health facility level that affect maternal, newborn and child health outcomes;
  • Design and implement community and health facility level interventions to improve access to health services and quality of care for mothers and children;
  • Assess the impact of interventions in communities and health facilities on maternal, newborn and child health outcomes;
  • Understand the implications for the economy and for health systems of strengthening interventions aimed at integrating community and health facilities in order to improve maternal and child health in Tanzania.