This project brings a mobile outreach for (pregnant) women and children under two years, to people living far away from health facilities in Lower Moshi, Tanzania. It provides education, ante- and postnatal care, consultation and materials to the doorstep, bringing down maternal and child mortality. We endeavour a healthy future for all mothers and children in rural Tanzania, in which they all have access to basic healthcare so that the circle of poverty can be broken.
In Tanzania, neonatal deaths account for 40 percent of all deaths among children under age five. Maternal mortality ratio is still unacceptably high with 410 deaths per 100,000 live births. Both are mostly preventable providing adequate ante- and postnatal care. In rural areas, such as the Lower Moshi region of Tanzania basic family planning and pregnancy knowledge is very limited, antenatal care is severely lacking. There is no regular contact with a doctor, nurse or midwife during pregnancy.
We educate, consult and provide material to, rural communities in Lower Moshi about reproductive health and pregnancy's. The introduction of our MamaBus has already improved antenatal, delivery and neonatal care significantly. In the area in which our MamaBus is already active, zero mothers have died last year due to an unhealthy pregnancy or delivery. This proves that our approach is effective. We now want to expand our area and reach Karatu, an area of over 200,000 inhabitants.
We bring antenatal care to women living in rural Lower Moshi, Tanzania. This will lead to healthy pregnancies, leading to healthy families, which will create a break through the circle of poverty and poor health and development outcomes. Our final long term goal is to change the mind-set of the target population in delivery preparation, willingness to go to the clinics four times during pregnancy and delivering in the hospital, even for Masaai women.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).