Health System Strengthening
In collaboration with the Government of Tanzania Regional Health Management Team and the Council Health Management teams, CCBRT's Maternal & Newborn Health Capacity Building Programme (MHCB) aims to strengthen skills and expand the knowledge of clinicians, raising the quality of maternal and newborn care in 23 existing health facilities in Dar es Salaam.
The MHCB team of doctors, nurse-midwives, and data managers train health care providers in a range of interventions and techniques, including comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care, antenatal care, surgical skills, anaesthesia, and neonatal care, including a focus on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for preterm babies. Using evidence-based techniques, MHCB supports systems change by investing in the Tanzanian health workforce, services, equipment, information systems, and critical infrastructure.
MHCB has also established a new referral system among its 23 partner sites. When it opens in 2018, CCBRT Maternity & Newborn Hospital will fit into this referral system, taking on complicated cases and emergencies involving women with disabilities, histories of obstetric fistula, and adolescents.
670% improvement in quality of care at MHCB sites
Integrating Disability & MNH
Prevention of disabilities starts before a baby is born. Through prenatal counseling and public awareness raising performances, MHCB disseminates messages about danger signs in pregnancy and the rights of people with disabilities. In addition, MHCB clinicians train health workers in early identification and referral of disabilities such as clubfoot, cleft lip/palate, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and obstetric fistula.