MSI reduces maternal mortality in Tanzania through contraceptive access
“We have managed to reduce maternal deaths by 60 percent thanks to contraceptive use, and we appreciate the partnership we have been enjoying from MSI among other partners to reach the target.” - Dr. Neema Rusibamayila, Director of Preventive Services, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
A high maternal mortality rate of 454 per 100,000 women in Tanzania, a country in eastern Africa, represents 18 percent of all deaths of women of reproductive age. Although the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare recognizes contraception as a key maternal health intervention and acknowledgment of its economic benefits is gaining traction, only 27 percent of married Tanzanian women use a modern method of contraception. Significant scale up of services, particularly in remote areas, is required to reach women who want to use contraception and currently are not. MS Tanzania implemented a multi-pronged approach to expanding contraceptive access and reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.
To reduce maternal mortality, MS Tanzania promoted greater access to a full range of voluntary contraceptive services. Through a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department for International Development (DFID) between August 2011 and January 2015, MS Tanzania implemented a program to reach the most underserved rural and peri-urban women with short-term, long-term, and permanent contraceptive services. In 2014, MS Tanzania succeeded in serving more than a half million clients, around 350,000 of whom chose contraception services; those services equaled approximately 33 percent of the total use of modern contraceptive methods in Tanzania, Africa.*
Read more on USAID Impact in Tanzania here.