Improving Access to Maternal and Newborn Health in Mwanza, Tanzania (IMPACT)

Duration: 2017-2021

Location: Tanzania

Budget: $14.7 million (Global Affairs Canada: $12 million; AKFC: $2.7 million)


IMPACT is accelerating the reduction of maternal and newborn mortality by addressing major reproductive, maternal, and newborn health challenges in eight districts of Mwanza Region, which is located in northern Tanzania, bordering Lake Victoria.

The program focuses on improving availability of quality maternal and newborn health services; and increasing the use of those services by women and their families. IMPACT takes a holistic approach to maternal and newborn health, inclusive of sexual, reproductive and adolescent health, advancing gender equality, and concern for the environment.

Key activities include:

  • Repairing, upgrading, and equipping 80 public health facilities to deliver basic emergency obstetric and newborn care at dispensaries and health centres, and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care services at hospitals or health centres.
  • Providing training to health facility managers and collaborating with regional and community health management teams to enhance planning, budgeting, and quality service delivery.
  • Mobilizing and empowering communities to promote and practice healthy behaviours that support positive maternal and newborn health outcomes and advance gender equality.
  • Building the knowledge and skills of health professionals and community volunteers in high-impact areas of reproductive, maternal, and newborn health.

IMPACT is directly benefitting approximately 653,499 women of reproductive age (15-49) and 83,606 infants under the age of one (50% girls). An additional 320,918 men are also expected to be reached through community sensitization activities aimed at improving maternal and newborn health outcomes.