Project profile — Joining Hands - Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Tanzania

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Joining Hands - Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Tanzania - Overview
Aga Khan Foundation Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011141)
2012-01-25 - 2015-03-31
Country / region • Tanzania (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Health
Basic health care (12220) (10.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (10.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Reproductive health care (13020) (35.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (45.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


The project helps women of childbearing age maintain better health and helps to increase survival rates for children under five in Tanzania. It aims to improve the ability of Tanzania’s health system to meet the needs of mothers and children. The project works to bring affordable and quality health services for women and children to front-line health facilities in under-served communities. This makes it easier for lower-income and poorer communities to use these services. The project also works to improve health, hygiene, and nutrition practices in local communities through health education programs within the communities and by working closely with local organizations and community leaders. Specific project activities include: strengthening patient referral systems, placing skilled birth attendants within Aga Khan Primary Medical Centres, training public and private health care workers and midwives, and providing basic equipment and supplies for the Primary Medical Centres. The project is expected to help approximately 700,000 people, including women of childbearing age, pregnant women, newborns, and children. Aga Khan Foundation Canada and the Aga Khan Health Services Tanzania work in partnership with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and local governments to implement the project. This project is part of Canada’s maternal, newborn, and child health commitment.

Expected results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (i) improved quality of maternal, newborn, and child health services at the primary health care level in underserved target areas; (ii) improved use of maternal, newborn, and child health services by women of childbearing age, newborns, and children under five, particularly lower income and poor women and children, at primary health care and referral facilities in underserved target areas; (iii) improved maternal, newborn, and child health-related health practices of the target population; and (iv) enhanced evidence-based knowledge and understanding of maternal, newborn, and child health and relevant gender equality and public health issues in a public-private partnership context.

Results achieved

Results achieved at the end of the project (March 2015) include: (1) 87% of births are taking place at a health facility, up from 50% in 2010. More than 64,000 deliveries were assisted by skilled birth attendants at project-supported health facilities; (2) 79% of trained health workers were providing services according to standard procedures/guidelines at 36 primary health facilities, exceeding the target of 70%; (3) according to surveys at project-supported health facilities, families’ level of satisfaction with the quality of maternal, newborn and child health care received has improved significantly to approximately 80% for most services, up from about 50% in 2012; (4) two targeted public health facilities achieved ISO 9000 certification, the first public health facilities to do so in Tanzania; and (5) 44% of women are using modern methods of contraception (40,457 women), up from 27% in 2010. These results have contributed to improving the health of women of childbearing age and children under the age of five in underserved communities in five targeted regions in Tanzania.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
20-09-2016 Disbursement -$253
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