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All Mothers and Children Count

A comprehensive health, food security and nutrition program in rural Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Mozambique

The AMCC Project is a four-year initiative financed by PWRDF and Global Affairs Canada. It began in March 2016. The project is implemented in Burundi by Village Health Works, in Mozambique by EHALE (Association of Health), in Rwanda by Partners In Health Rwanda and in Tanzania by the Diocese of Masasi of the Anglican Church of Tanzania.

Based on priority activities identified through a needs assessment, the project is designed to:

  • strengthen existing health infrastructure
  • improve local and institutional health knowledge
  • enhance access to healthcare and proper nutrition for current and expecting mothers in rural areas.

The AMCC Project was designed by PWRDF and partner organizations in consultation with beneficiaries and community leaders. It aligns with the strategic plan and health targets identified by the respective governments (Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania), and was approved by the local health authorities in the project catchment areas. The project builds and expands on the best practices and lessons learned from PWRDF’s implementation of past and current MNCH projects.

TANZANIA (Diocese of Masasi)

Results after Year 2

  • 8,288 households (33,150 community members) are accessing potable water from 25 boreholes
  • Volunteer Community Health Workers made 2,312 referrals to health facilities for women of reproductive age, pregnant and lactating women, infants, children under five to access services
  • 15,065 children under five were screened for malnutrition; 2,649 children under five had moderate acute malnutrition and 94 had severe acute malnutrition and were referred to health centres and district hospitals for treatment
  • 2,047 pesticide-treated mosquito bed nets were distributed at health facilities and during community education sessions to pregnant women and households with children under five
  • 5,247 pregnant women and 78,595 children under five were vaccinated

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WATCH: PWRDF and the Diocese of Masasi: a model partnership

RWANDA (Partners in Health)

Results after Year 2

  • 76 female and 33 male model farmers facilitated training sessions on sustainable agriculture techniques for 2,001 farmers
  • 390 community members were transported by project provided emergency transit vehicle to the district health hospital
  • 3 MNCH community of practice learning sessions were held with 143 health providers
  • 393 mentorship visits were conducted by hospital-based mentorship and enhanced supervision for healthcare quality improvement mentors and PIH staff mentors
  • 3,896 food packages were distributed to HIV positive women, pregnant and lactating women and children U5 who were malnourished

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Results after Year 2

  • The environment assessment for the three integrated MNCH dispensaries was carried out and approved by Global Affairs Canada
  • Women, men, female youth and male youth participated in 1,872 education sessions on antenatal care, postnatal care, the importance of institutionalized births, family planning, nutrition, malaria, acute respiratory infection and diarrhea prevention
  • CHWs organized 435 education sessions on adequate nutrition for pregnant women, lactating women and children under five attended by 17,763 community members
  • 1,703 family planning education sessions were facilitated in health facilities and communities participating in the project, which were attended by 11,791 community members
  • 12,020 women and women of reproductive age participated in education sessions on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life

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WATCH: Let there be light!

BURUNDI (Village Health Works)

Results after Year 2

  • Construction work commenced for the expectant mothers’ house
  • 4,537 patients were transported by ambulance from their communities to the health centre
  • 8,822 referrals (including 2,666 pregnant women, 237 newborns, 843 children under five) were made by community health workers to the health centre
  • 29,500 people participated in 568 (554 sessions at clinic; 14 community health campaigns) MNCH education sessions in addition to 23,182 trainings facilitated by CHWs at household level
  • 1,041 farmers were trained by model farmers in their communities

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