Measuring Results

Mama na Mtoto partners comprised of leaders in maternal and child health research and evaluation guided by the belief that good health programs must be based on evidence and best practices. University partners jointly participated in field studies, published peer-reviewed results, presented at international conferences, and reported to our funding partners.

We strove to understand community needs and the scientific impact of our activities and projects to best direct our activities. Our research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. We conducted surveys at health facilities and in local homes, as well as interviews with community members and leaders before and after our activities. Research was led by the Catholic University of Allied and Health Sciences (Tanzania) and supported by university partners from Mbarara, Uganda and Calgary, Canada.

We also sought to understand how gender and health equity impacts our communities and their health. Click here to learn more about our qualitative gender and equity project launch.

Our results were shared with district leaders, project planners and communities to guide activity planning. By sharing our experiences and lessons learned honestly and widely, we hoped to contribute to a global understanding of best practices to impact the health and survival of women and babies.

We are grateful for research project funding from the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA) program, a partnership of Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).