Our Story

Mama na Mtoto (‘mother and child’ in Swahili) is a partnership between Tanzanian, Ugandan and Canadian teams striving to improve maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) in rural Tanzania.

We believe that community members, health providers and leaders can best manage local health needs. Working together with governments and existing health facilities, we support communities to adapt and lead activities and innovations that address their own health challenges. Our philosophy is that sustainable and impactful change occurs when activities reach the most vulnerable people and include women, men, children, and leaders themselves.

How did MnM start?

Mama na Mtoto was developed to meet health needs of Tanzanian communities building on best practices experiences and evidence including from the MamaToto Model that was developed and tested by Healthy Child Uganda. Mama na Mtoto leaders visited Uganda in 2015 and adapted the MamaToto approach for the local context in Lake Zone, Tanzania.