Mama na Mtoto partners are leaders in maternal and child health research and evaluation. We believe that good health programs must be based on evidence and best practices. University partners jointly participate in field studies, publish peer-reviewed results, present at international conferences, and report to our funding partners.
Not only do we strive to understand community needs to best direct our activities, we also strive to understand, scientifically, the impact of our activities and projects. We conduct surveys at health facilities and in local homes, as well as interviews with community members and leaders before and after our activities. Research is led by the Catholic University of Allied and Health Sciences (Tanzania) and supported by university partners from Mbarara, Uganda and Calgary, Canada. Our results are shared with district leaders, project planners and communities to guide activity planning.
We share our experiences and lessons learned honestly and widely. We report what is working well and what is not. By doing so, we hope to contribute to a global understanding of best practices to impact the health and survival of women and babies.
Our research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. As well, we seek 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.