by Regine Unkels, Annie Puitt, Susanne Grimm et al.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, December 2017
Over the last two years a German-supported initiative in the neighbouring regions of Lindi and Mtwara in south-eastern Tanzania has dramatically improved the survival rates and health of mothers and their newborn babies. How was this done? Intensive training and mentoring of healthcare professionals, as part of a health systems approach, seem to have done the trick. This publication is an account of what the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with GIZ, has achieved in the ‘Improved Mother and Child Health Programme’ in Lindi and Mtwara regions over the past two years and outlines what remains to be done to support further improvements in maternal and child health services.