Mama na Mtoto was comprised of East African and Canadian partners. Research was led by the Catholic University of Allied Health Sciences (CUHAS) in Mwanza, Tanzania. Implementation of activities was led by Agriteam Health Tanzania in collaboration with Regional and Council Health Management Teams in local districts. The University of Calgary provided overall leadership and technical support together with partners Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), Save the Mothers and the Canadian Paediatric Society.
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Mama na Mtoto was a team of staff, advisors and volunteers. Leadership was provided by Principal Investigator Dr. Dismas Matovelo, Director Dr. Jenn Brenner and Field Manager Tanya Salewski. Coordinators worked with district health teams to oversee research and field activities with the support of local staff. Joint expert teams (Tanzanian-Ugandan-Canadian) advised on technical issues, curriculum, strategic direction and research. They also provide training and mentorship. These teams included faculty and clinical staff from partner institutions, field team leaders and regional and district health managers.
Mama na Mtoto was overseen by management and steering committees. These committees involved partner and community representatives that met regularly for planning, strategy and decision-making. Our progress was tracked using internal and external financial audits, process evaluations and performance monitoring systems. Regular meetings with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCGEC) and the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG/Tamisemi) ensured alignment with national strategy.