CARE’s Tabora Adolescent and Safe Motherhood (TABASAM) project is working to safeguard women’s health during pregnancy, childbirth and through the immediate postnatal period.

The Problem:

While most women in Tanzania know the serious risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth, barriers such as poverty, cultural and religious beliefs, far-flung health clinics and limited transportation, and an insufficient amount of medical staff, equipment and drugs prevent women from receiving the crucial help they need. This is coupled with a lack of support from husbands and families to seek skilled care during this critical time. In the Tabora district of Tanzania, where TABASAM focuses, the majority of women give birth at home and have limited access to medical services.


  • Increase women and adolescent girls’ use of maternal and reproductive health services in targeted communities.
  • Improve the quality of maternal and reproductive services at government health facilities.
  • Strengthen the management and accountability of maternal and reproductive services.
  • Empower women by improving their knowledge of healthy practices and promoting their decision-making power regarding their own health.


This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.


Quick Facts

About the project
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2015
Total impact: 1,589,470 women, men, girls, boys, newborns and families in the target communities.

About Tanzania

  • Although great strides have been made, maternal mortality is still very high with an estimated 454 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. (UNICEF, 2010)
  • There are approximately two midwives per 1,000 births; less than five per cent of rural births are attended by a doctor; and the majority of rural births are done at home. (UNFPA, 2011)

Women's Empowerment

CARE is working to empower Tanzanian women in their community and households by engaging both women and men in community talks about subjects such as traditional views around reproductive health, early marriage, pregnancy risks for adolescents, family planning and childbirth spacing.

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