Friday, November 30, 2018

Success story from Mwankulwe Bugunga Nyashigi (Monica Jullius testimony)

MONICA JULLIUS (27) FROM MWANKULWE BUGUNGA                                            NYASHIGI


“It was the 8th month of my pregnancy when Suku (CHW) visited my home, out of telling me so many things she identified that I had dangerous signs yet I thought that they were normal pregnancy complications. She gave me referral which helped me to get a quick and good treatment at Mwankule dispensary.

In addition, she told me about the importance of having personal delivery plan. After telling me, I started to keep some amount of money, which I believed that it would help me to get some of things that will help me during delivery period.

 It worked out because that money I kept helped me to get transport to Mwankulwe dispensary because my husband was not around during my labor pain, even after being discharged from hospital she keeps on visiting me and my family we are all happy to see her in our home”

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gender and Equity capacity building training

October- November has been a month of learning and sharing.
We are excited to share the Gender and Equity capacity building training that happened the week of 23rd October – 2nd November, 2018. 

The training brought together 47 (F26, M21)  CHW’s supervisors and 48(F15, M33)  CHW’s Coordinators from Misungwi district to strengthening their skills in addressing gender issues within their communities. 
Group discussion
Group discussion

Learning material at one of the sessions
The training also addressed how health care providers can gender sensitive while offering health services to women, adolescent, girls and other social groups. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Batik making at Lunele village

Mama na Mtoto through Community engagement program had the opportunity to support CHWs at Lunele Village in Kwimba district who work hand in hand with Lunele Dispensary under supervision of a medical personnel at the health facility.
Mama na Mtoto project through their program officers organized a training session on how to make locally made wrappers known as BATIK.
This came in after the CHW through their association came up with BATIK making and selling as means to generate income for project sustainability as well as staff retention.
Through such activities CHW are brought together and therefore work as a team as they support reduction of maternal and newborn mortality.

Lunele CHW with their supervisor and Mama na Mtoto Program Officers after Batik making training

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Capacity building for HFGCGroup

Capacity building for HFGC in Kwimba district, Mwanza region.

From 17th Sept   to 26th Sept 2018 MnM Project conducted a 3 day workshop for 321 Health Facility Governance Committee Members (HFGC) from 56 health facilities in Kwimba district. The training aimed at building capacities and skills of HFGC members to understand their roles and responsibilities in improving Reproductive Maternal New born and Child Health (RMNCH) services in their facilities. Through this the participants also had opportunity to understand why focus on improving RMNH is essential in preventing maternal death by developing skills on gender sensitive leadership, communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, feedback, team work, planning and budgeting for the health facilities.  
Group discussion on HFGC training

kwimba District Nursing Officer facilitating during HFGC training 

Mama na Mtoto Community engagement project officer addressing  HFGC members

HFGC members in training

Nyamayinza Dispensary and Mbarika Health Center handover

News on ITV a Tanzanian local channel covered during Mama na Mtoto project handing over new Nyamayinza Dispensary.

News on TBC1 a Tanzanian local channel covered during Mama na Mtoto project handing over the new  Mbarika Health Center Operating Theater and medical equipment.


Misungwi District Commisioner receiving the new Mbarika operating theater and medical equipment

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Happy International Day of the Girl Child!

Happy International Day of the Girl Child!
Today (October 11th) marks the International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.’

In Tanzania, many girls are still denied their right to education and are forced into early marriage. According to the 2017 ‘National Survey on the Drivers and Consequences of Child Marriage in Tanzania’ report, almost two out of five girls are married before their 18th birthday. Early marriage makes it difficult for girls to access education and sexual reproductive health information and services.
As we celebrate this day, we continue to protect and advocate for the rights of girls.  Being a girl should not mean living in fear, having to worry about safety, enduring social and other forms of discrimination, or being treated as a second-class citizen. Being a girl should mean having the space and freedom to fully embrace one’s power and potential.
It takes the whole society to build justice for all. It is everybody’s responsibility to contribute to it. We, as a partnership working to reduce maternal, newborn and child deaths, strengthen local health systems and be a catalyst for change and opportunity in Lake Zone of Tanzania, believe that girls should be safe, fulfilled, happy and healthy.  Girls are our future. Let us protect them!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Save The Mothers visit at Mama na Mtoto Project from 9th – 14th July 2018

Save The Mothers (Uganda and Canada)(STM), is a partner organization to Mama na Mtoto Project, and provides support for clinical mentorship to  health facilities to improve quality of services. In July, STM representatives Dr Miriam Mutabazi and Ms. Topi Agutu visited Tanzania from Uganda to provide support to the MnM team on health worker communication skills, health facility-community linkages and health worker motivation and morale.   STM made site visits to  Misasi, Mwawile, Nyamayinza and Mbarika health facilities in Misungwi District and provided a workshop on staff motivation to representatives from these facilities. 

Jackson, RN from Nyamayinza Dispensary, explaining why he is motivated to work as health care provider.
STM guests (Dr. Miriam and Topi), governance committee members and CHWs in Nyamayinza Dispensary. 
Handing over of building materials to the health facility for Nyamayinza renovation.

Tour of construction of new operating theatre at Mbarika, with STM, CHWs, governance committee members and health centre staff 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Leadership Training

Health systems strengthening is one of the arms of Mama na Mtoto project with the aim of improving Maternal Newborn and Child Health, conducted a capacity building training in Leadership and Management

Dr. Rose relating qualities of a leader to service.
This Training is tailored to foster improved quality of services and ownership, with emphasis on how to support Health facilities and In-Charges towards improved services with adoption of good qualities of a leader. This training further provides opportunities for the participants to discuss challenges related to MNCH and conduct a participatory action plans to address these challenges with appropriate and available resources.                                                                                      

 Above picture shows CHMT members in a knotty problem conformations. Appreciated was "Problems are better solved by The Indigenous."

This Slogan points out the purpose why we exist. “It states that maternal mortalities and child mortalities are unacceptable. Let us   combine efforts to reduce the mortality rates”

Conflict resolution

The leadership and management training majorly attracted the CHMT members for Misungwi and Kwimba Districts. This training focuses on Knowledge and skill enhancement for better Health outcomes at all levels. The Training took place at Hungumalwa – Kwimba District from
 9th -19th July 2018.

Mama na Mtoto Engagement with Community through Traditional Ceremonies

circled are the twin sisters
Mama na Mtoto uses different platforms to educate the community in order to reduce maternal and new born mortality. One of the platforms is attending traditional ceremonies which was done at Mwandu whereby twin sisters were being cleansed so that when they get married there wont be any misfortune between them and their future  husbands. Mama na Mtoto took the opportunity to spread word to the congregation on best practices in reducing maternal and new born mortality. This was also an opportunity for the project to familiarize with the cultures and traditions of that community as well as build strong relationships.

Arthur Mgema, MnM Program Officer addressing the congregation

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Mama na Mtoto Project started Community Health Worker(CHW) Training in Kwimba District whereby 871 Community Health workers are expected to be trained at hamlet level.


The featured video clip shows CHW training which is going on in Hungumalwa Ward within Kwimba district where by selected community members are being trained to become Community Health Workers. On completing their three weeks training which started on 4th June and expected to end on 23rd June, they will be able to serve their respective communities on matters concerning Maternal Newborn and Child Health. Here they are singing one of the recited songs that remind them of the best practices in their responsibilities as CHW. Held in their hands are Ministry of health working tools like Client register, referral, monthly report book and Teaching Aid.