ReproductiveChildHealth

Reproductive & Child Health

The DCMC Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Clinic, opened in 2008, is known for delivering compassionate care in a clean, well-staffed facility. DCMC is committed to helping reduce the country’s grim statistics on maternal and child mortality and morbidity:  maternal deaths, 13,000; neonatal deaths, 45,000; and deaths among children under age five, 157,000. Tanzania’s ongoing challenges to reduce mother/child mortality are: lack of infrastructure, poverty, disease and a shortage of qualified medical staff and services.

The RCH Clinic* Services Include:

  • Maternal and perinatal care, including antenatal care, delivery, emergency obstetric care, and newborn and postpartum care
  • Diagnosis and management of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, including mother to child transmission (PMTCT)
  • Family planning
  • Gynecologist and pediatric consultations
  • Ultrasound
  • Immunizations and well checks for children under age 5
  • Management of childhood diseases
  • Nutrition counseling for both expectant mothers and children

* The RCH Clinic was recently expanded to provide a delivery ward, birthing room, neonatal nursery and a full surgery facility for more complicated birth procedures.

Top 10 Diagnoses in Children Under Age 5

Diseases Seen in Children Under Age 5

Agnes’s Story

One patient’s persistence on behalf of expectant mothers inspired major changes at RCH.  Read Agnes’s story.

Dr. Jamhuri Kitange

Dr. Jamhuri Kitange

Staff

Dr. Jamhuri Kitange, Executive Medical Officer, oversees the RCH and Medical Services physicians, nurse midwives and supporting staff.

Impact

The RCH Clinic, which provides care for women and children, has:
  • Managed more than 1,000 pre-and post-natal patient visits
  • Provided a safe, clean environment for more than 100 deliveries
  • Tested 445 pregnant women for HIV; 5 began prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) (January 2011-May 2012)
  • Cared for more than 5,000 children below age 5 who attended the RCH Clinic for growth monitoring and immunizations in the last 2 years
  • Provided family planning services for more than 800 patients