Barclays Tanzania has launched an initiative to improve maternal and infant healthcare in the east African country.
The partnership with the charity Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) aims to reduce the country’s maternity mortality ratio, which stands at 450 pregnancy-related deaths for every 100,000 live births.
The initiative will support one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which is to improve maternal and infant health.
Barclays Tanzania is investing more than TZS50m (approximately £20,000) to address a shortage of trained medical professionals in the country.
The money will help fund the training of mid-wives, who will be equipped with skills to enable them to handle common complications arising from pregnancy and delivery.
More than 50 women have already benefited from the training, which forms part of Barclays Tanzania’s community agenda.
Kihara Maina, Managing Director, Barclays Tanzania, said: “Barclays Tanzania is pleased to provide the needed resources, training and assessment for a programme that is vital to the Tanzanian community.
“It is our hope that our partnership with CCBRT will ensure sustainable training of mid-wives and that its impact will change lives.”
The partnership is part of Barclays community investment programme, which last year invested £55m and the time and skills of more than 62,000 employees to support disadvantaged communities around the world where Barclays operates.