While fewer Tanzanian women and newborns are dying from birth-related causes, many more lives could be saved. We’re making evidence more accessible, so health resources are targeted in the areas they’re needed the most.
Advocacy is more effective when the right partners are engaged and evidence-based messages are conveyed to the decision makers for action.
Veronica Rodrick – Tanzania

What's happening in Tanzania

Between 1995 and 2015, Tanzania cut its maternal mortality ratio by more than half – from 961 to 398 deaths per 100,000 live births. But more than 8,000 women still die every year. There remains a shortage of health facilities that are able to provide emergency care during childbirth.

Tanzania also faces a serious lack of skilled health-workers, and needs to increase the number of midwives and nurses by more than four times if it is to meet the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health needs of women, children and adolescents.

Tanzania has the opportunity to invest additional resources in health thanks to funding from the Global Financing Facility (GFF). This will be used to support the country in meeting the goals set out in Tanzania’s health strategy, the One Plan II 2016-2020.

What MamaYe is doing

We’re using evidence to identify regional healthcare priorities, and build commitment among the country’s leaders. In Mara, this evidence was used to agree investment for 16 health facilities, improving access to emergency maternal and newborn care for women across the region. We're strengthening the ability of communities to understand health budgets and influence how resources are used for health.

Women in Tanzania
28%
have an unmet need for modern contraceptives
Maternal Mortality
398
per 100,000 live births
Government spending on health
46%
as a % of total health expenditure