Hospital-based Infection Prevention and Control for Maternal and Child Health in Tanzania

Hospital-based Infection Prevention and Control and Capacity Building for Maternal and Child Health in Tanzania

Protecting mothers and babies from preventable infectious diseases

  • Background: The Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) is a secondary hospital which covers about 2 million people in the Kinondoni and Ubungo districts in Dar es Salaam, the largest city and commercial center of Tanzania. Since the MRRH is the only healthcare facility equipped with an in-patient maternity block and a neonatal ward, there are more than 1,000 cases of deliveries on average in a month. Moreover, about 200 newborns per month are admitted to the neonatal ward and the intensive care unit due to infectious diseases and birth injuries.
    Therefore, Medipeace is supporting a capacity building program for primary healthcare facilities in the Kinondoni and Ubungo districts to reduce the burden on MRRH. Medipeace is also supporting IPC activities in MRRH, so mothers and babies are able to return to their homes in a healthy state.
  • Project goal: To reduce neonatal infections at Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital
  • Who we are working for: Healthcare workers and community members in the Kinondoni and Ubungo districts in Dar es Salaam, the Dar es Salaam Regional Health Management Team, and the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children of the United Republic of Tanzania
  • Project Activities
    - Provision of medical supplies and equipment for infection prevention and control
    - Support for infection prevention and control activities
    - Establishment of a surveillance system for neonatal infection prevention
    - Conduction of studies on maternal immunization to find ways to prevent neonatal infections
    - Capacity building in lower level health facilities
    - Construction and operation of a clinical education center
  • What we expect to achieve: We expect a strengthened capacity of health workers of Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital, as well as enhanced competencies of regional medical services based on the regional referral hospital’s initiative. Furthermore, we hope to contribute to reinforcing the health system in Tanzania by providing a standard model of the IPC system.
  • Who we work with
    - Korea International Cooperation Agency
    - Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children of the United Republic of Tanzania
    - Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital
    - Dar es Salaam Regional Health Management Team
    - Kinondoni Municipal Council
    - Ubungo Municipal Council
    - Local NGOs (CCBRT, MDH)
    - International NGOs (Jhpiego)

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