Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

24 January 2013

Tanzania: Aga Khan Assists in Fight Against Maternal Deaths

Photo: Nyani Quarmyne/UNICEF
A girl and her mother, in Niger.

Morogoro — THE Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS-Tanzania) in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has launched a two-year project which aims at improving maternal health in the country.

The project, known as Joining Hand Initiative (JHI) is being implemented in five regions of Mwanza, Iringa, Mbeya, Dodoma and Morogoro and will involve improvement of skills to nurses. Speaking during the launch, JHI Project Director in Tanzania, Mr Sisawo Konteh said the project aims at improving government efforts in reducing maternal deaths in the country.

"The project will make sure that rural women are also benefiting with proper health services by getting advice and delivery services for free to save the mother and newborn babies," he said. Morogoro Regional Medical Officer, Mr Godfrey Mtei said in the region the project will be implemented in seven health centres in three districts of Kilosa, Morogoro Rural and Urban.

Mr Mtei said the only challenge they face is shortage of nurses and doctors, but they will use the few available properly to reach the expected goals. Speaking when launching the project, Morogoro Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr Elias Ntandu appreciated the efforts performed by Aga Khan in fighting maternal deaths in the country and promised that the government will give any needed cooperation to them.

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