Improving Access to Health Services and Quality of Care for Mothers and Children in Tanzania (IMCHA)

This project aims to reduce maternal, newborn, and child deaths in Tanzania. The Government of Tanzania has placed a high priority on this issue. Healthcare service coverage has increased in recent years, but there are still significant geographic, financial, and socio-cultural barriers to services being accessed.

Recent studies in Tanzania have shown that when healthcare systems are addressed (including barriers to health services and improving the quality of care), maternal and newborn deaths can be substantially reduced.

Removing barriers to health care
This project is designed to improve maternal, newborn, and child health. It consists of select interventions targeting users and providers of health care in four districts in Tanzania's Iringa region.

Researchers will look at how poverty, gender relations, and living in rural areas act as barriers to accessing quality care. The project's interventions will address delays caused by:
-decisions to seek care
-transportation needs
-availability of adequate and timely care at the facility

The project team will evaluate the impacts and conduct a cost analysis of the interventions.

Better access, increased demand
This project is expected to increase demand and use of maternal and newborn health services. Researchers will share their findings with policymakers, program managers, and representatives of international organizations working in Tanzania. Their findings will be presented at national conferences and at the University of Dar es Salaam. They will also submit papers to peer-reviewed and academic journals.

Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa
This project is part of the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program, a seven-year $36 million initiative funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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End Date

Thursday, May 14, 2020


54 months

IDRC Officer

Nafissatou Diop

Total funding

CA$ 995,940




Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa

Project Leader

Dr. Stephen Maluka


University of Dar es Salaam. Institute of Development Studies

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Project Leader

Sian FitzGerald


HealthBridge Foundation of Canada

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