Improved Service Delivery for Safe Motherhood

The Improved Service Delivery for Safe Motherhood project, initiated by Sanofi, aims to enhance the skills of midwives and practitioners to ensure the survival of mothers and babies who could otherwise die from preventable pregnancy and child birth complications.

Improved Service Delivery for Safe Motherhood

It is estimated that 536,000 women worldwide die of maternal causes, along with 11,000,000 children under five, of which 4.4 million are newborns. The majority of these deaths occur in Sub Saharan Africa. Tanzania is one of the ten countries contributing to 61% and 66% of the global total of maternal and newborn deaths, respectively. Maternal and newborn health care in Tanzania faces many challenges including a critical shortage of adequately skilled maternal health service providers; and constraints around uptake of, and access to these health services due to barriers including distance to the nearest facility, the lack of affordable transport at the time of labour, and obtaining skilled and affordable care upon arrival at a health facility.

The Improved Service Delivery for Safe Mother project will address the need for improved maternal health service delivery in 6 zones across Tanzania; specifically recognizing geographically disadvantaged areas that face limited access to emergency obstetric care; and shortages of adequately skilled maternity health care providers. The project will strengthen the capacity of practicing, and re-engaged rural midwives across the country through Emergency Skills training workshops, co-delivered on location, by Tanzanian-Canadian midwife pairs. It will also focus on linking the right competencies with rural areas, by identifying traditional birth attendants (TBA) in target communities, and bringing them together with re-engaged retired midwives within those same settings, for mentorship, and skills sharing support - strengthening the continuum of care from home to health facility. Various tools will be created to enhance midwifery knowledge transfer and advocacy; and essential resources will be provided to support increased access to quality midwifery care.


  • Sanofi Espoir Foundation

    Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation was created in October 2010 by Sanofi to leverage more than 15 years of commitment to international solidarity.

    It is dedicated to...

  • Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)

    Canada | Staff size: Unknown

    The Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) is the national organization representing midwives and the profession of midwifery in Canada. The mission of CAM is to provide leadership and advocacy...

  • Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Tanzania)

    Tanzania | Staff size: Unknown

    The President of the United Republic of Tanzania issued a Notice on assignment of Ministerial responsibilities (Instrument) vide Government Notice No.494 of 17th December, 2010. In that...

  • Cuso International

    Advocacy NGO, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Cuso International is a non-profit development organization that works through volunteers. Each year, Cuso International sends hundreds of global citizens to work on collaborative development...

  • Tanzania Registered Midwives Association (TAMAZ)

    Staff size: Unknown
  • Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)

    Tanzania | Staff size: 501-1000

    The Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) is a successor to the Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), which was a constituent College of...

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Key Information

LocationTanzania, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2011