Maternity Africa is based in Arusha Region, Northern Tanzania. It seeks to improve maternal health outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized women and girls of childbearing age living in poverty across rural Tanzania.
Maternity Africa has a formal agreement with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC) to provide medical services on its behalf. Maternity Africa also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Arusha District Council to provide maternal health services, free of charge to vulnerable and marginalized women. Maternity Africa also works with other non-government organisations (NGOs) to provide free of charge, good quality evidence-based maternal health services and advocate for women’s health and wellbeing.
Maternity Africa’s base at Kivulini Maternity Centre strives towards being a ‘centre of excellence’ that also strengthens the knowledge, skills, experience, competence and confidence of national health care workers. It does this through training and mentoring of staff engaged in service delivery. Maternity Africa also offers placements for tertiary level students from some of Tanzania’s universities and colleges.
Maternity Africa offers prevention of and treatment for obstetric fistula. Prevention services are provided through maternity care for early pregnancy complications, antenatal, birthing and postnatal care. This includes 24-hour obstetric emergency cover and on-site transitional neonatal care for newborn babies. Fistula treatment services are provided through surgical intervention for fistula and other birth-induced injuries. Maternity Africa also offers a comprehensive family planning service to inpatients and the local community.
Maternity Africa is registered in Tanzania as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), under the the terms and conditions of the Non Governmental Orgaizations Act, 2002. It has registration number 00NGO/R2/000524.