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UNFPA Tanzania, under the Afya Bora ya Mama na Mtoto Project (Accelerating Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Zanzibar), which is a joint UNFPA-UNICEF programme supported by Global Affairs Canada, is working with the Ministry of Health, Zanzibar, to increase both the quantity and quality of the workforce available to provide comprehensive emergency obstetric newborn care (CeMONC) in Zanzibar.

Task shifting – the process whereby specific tasks are moved, where appropriate, to health workers with fewer qualifications and shorter trainings – complements other more sustainable initiatives introduced under the project to improve maternal and child health outcomes.