Despite the decline in maternal mortality, from 473 deaths per 100,000 in 2006 to 307 per 100,000 in 2012 (THPS, 2012) Zanzibar fell behind achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of a maternal mortality ratio of 130 deaths per 100,000 by 2015. Among causes of maternal deaths identified include delays in seeking care (partly due to financial barriers as well as long distances to clinics, low community awareness of the need for maternity care and poor quality of services. Reducing maternal mortality is a central priority for the Ministry of Health and the agreed focal area for the partnership with the Milele Zanzibar Foundation
Goal: By 2020, MZF target communities are engaged and systems strengthened to ensure the health and well being of women and children.
Objective 1: Increase women and children’s regular access to quality health care to ensure healthy deliveries, good parenting, and enduring well being
Objective 2: Mobilize communities to improve nutrition and sanitation knowledge and behavior through a community –led health promotion strategy.
Objective 3: Promote coordinated and quality health care to be delivered in professional, well-managed facilities.
♦ Infrastructural Support
♦ Nurturing professionalism in health care delivery
♦ Community engagement
♦ Tanzania Housing and Population Census (THPS, 2012)