Maternal and newborn health has never been higher up the global agenda, but is Tanzania doing enough?
I am typing this with less than a week to the 2015 general elections in Tanzania. It is one of its kind-- there is more citizen’s interest and involvement in the campaigns at all levels. Voters will elect the President, Members of Parliament and Councillors.
We are pleased to announce the publication of a MamaYe Handbook, which contains the MamaYe brand guidelines and the MamaYe advocacy guidelines. These assets were created to share freely between colleagues and campaigns working on reducing the burden on maternal and newborn mortality in Africa.
MamaYe youth activists in Bauchi State are lending their voices to help improve the health of pregnant women and newborns, they are also getting awarded for that contribution. They are featured in this news!
MamaYe is once again taking part in this year's Mothers Fun Run taking place in Mchinji on 17th October, 2015.The run will cover a 30km stretch, from Kamwendo Trading Center to Mchinji District Hospital. This year, the Mother’s Day Fun Run goes to Mchinji District because it has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the Central Region and faces a critical shortage of maternal and neonatal healthcare equipment.
Women, particularly in rural areas of developing countries, can have a stillbirth with no medical professionals around, and therefore no record of that baby entering or leaving the world. If we don't have stillbirths being counted, then it is incredibly difficult for there to be targeted interventions to reduce them.