Our Story

Mama na Mtoto (‘mother and child’ in Swahili) was an initiative between  Tanzanian, Ugandan and Canadian partners that strove to improve maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) in rural Tanzania.

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

How did MnM start?

Mama na Mtoto was built on the successful MamaToto Model that was developed and tested by Healthy Child Uganda. Tanzanian health leaders visited Uganda in 2015 and adapted the MamaToto approach for the local context in Lake Zone, Tanzania