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Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA): Improving access to health services and quality of care for Mothers and Children in Tanzania

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 Tanzania-Women Group meeting participants
Tanzania: Women Group meeting participants

We are looking at how poverty, social and gender barriers, and living in rural areas contribute to delays in access to, and the quality and utilization of, maternal and child healthcare. Interventions to address these barriers will also be identified through community-based participatory action research. This project is part of a larger initiative called Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA), led and funded 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 19 implementaion research teams (IRTs), composed of leading African and Canadian researchers and African decision-makers. Each team is working closely with East or West African health policy and research organizations (HPROs) to promote the uptake of research findings to influence national and regional policies and practices.

The aim is to generate new knowledge about how interventions work, for whom and under what
conditions. The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • 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.

Location

Iringa region, Tanzania

Partners

  • Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Regional Health Management Team, Iringa region, Tanzania
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Timeline

September 2015 - March 2020

Expected Results

  • Improve quality of care at the health facility for pregnant women and mother of children under two years of age with particular focus on ante-natal care, health facility delivery, post-natal care and sick-child care;
  • Improve access to and timely utilization of health services by the pregnant women and mother of children under two years of age;
  • Increased engagement of women and men in addressing the social and gender barriers for improvement of maternal and child heath in their respective communities
  • Improve capacity and accountability of the Health Committee in ensuring quality of care in the health facility

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