The Mama na Mtoto approach involves comprehensive and carefully planned activities which are responsive to community priorities and integrated within existing government systems.
Activities emphasize aspects of women and child care, including adolescence, pregnancy, birth and early childhood. Activities occur throughout whole districts, addressing needs of communities, health facilities and government health systems simultaneously
How and when activities occur matters. SOPETaR (Scan-Orient-Plan-Equip-Train and Act-Reflect), an evidence-informed process cycle carefully designed to maximize impact, guides Mama na Mtoto programming.
Sustained change requires strong commitment and involvement by health and political leaders at all stages. District leaders engage in activities and provide leadership based on their own priorities.
Research and evaluation occurs at all project phases. Project results are widely shared. Lessons learned, and best practices showcase a sustainable model that can be adapted broadly.