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The project aims to reduce child and maternal deaths by improving nutrition for mother and children and improve both health of child

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

The main intervention will include, Provide training on infant and young child feeding (IYCF), entrepreneurship training, and Empower young mothers clubs with small loans through mobile phone technology. We will work in collaboration with Ministry of Health, and Community Development sector of Tanzania.

Malnutrition is responsible for over one third of child deaths every year in Tanzania. In fact, about 130 children die every day in Tanzania from causes related to malnutrition, and it is the single greatest cause of child deaths in the country. Malnutrition is also one of the factors responsible for the high number of maternal deaths. More than 10 million women in Tanzania are anemic due to iron deficiency, and more than 1600 women die each year from anemia during childbirth.

The study show that Lack of knowledge on infant and young child feeding, poor health service, lack of  income to purchase nutritious food, low status of women in society, including absence of multi-stakeholders nutrition constituency encompassing a wide range of sectors working on nutrition sensitive intervention are among the factors leading existing malnutrition in Tanzania.

The Christian Education and Development Organization has decided to support the government efforts of reducing the rate of malnutrition and improving the health of mother and child through the training of infant and young child feeding, and empower young mother entrepreneurship through micro-credit scheme.


The goal of this project is to reduce child and  maternal deaths by improving nutrition for mother and children and improve both health of child and economic vitality of young mother from Nzega Tanzania.


  • Redesigning and expanding our Young Mothers Clubs
  • Provide entrepreneurship training
  • Empower young mother entrepreneurship clubs with capital
  • Provide training of infants Young Child Feeding to nurses, to supervise and monitoring of community and facility nutrition services
  • Provide training of infant and Young Child Feeding/economic empowerment to volunteer community workers (VCWs) to be responsible for monthly group counseling in communities and other appropriate venues


  • 6 Young Mothers Clubs to reach more teen mothers, including homestead gardens for supply of vegetables, fruits, and small livestock products throughout the year.
  • Potential partners, and volunteers have been identified to develop these project activities.
  • 10 nurses have been trained on infants Young Child Feeding, to supervise and monitoring of community and facility nutrition services.
  • 20 Volunteers community workers have been trained on infant and Young Child Feeding to be responsible for monthly group counseling in communities and other appropriate venues
  • 30 young mothers have been trained on entrepreneurship including child health topics such as immunization, nutrition, growth monitoring, breastfeeding, weaning, and hygiene and childhood illnesses.
  • 6 young mother clubs have been empowered with small loans  to enable them to continue in the field of entrepreneurship to increase income for their family

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Organization uniquely suited to do this project because I have done the pilot assessment to community members and receive their impressions and feedback on this idea and voice of many people was in entrepreneurship and Infant and young child feeding, and economic empowerment. This likely to be successful from the needs of the community.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I want to get inputs from OpenIDEO platform, understand what they valued, I want to get collaboration from OpenIDEO community and refine this idea, to understand if this idea have the potential impacts in reimagine the end of life for ourselves and our loved one. Here are some questions needed to answer with our prototypes, - What are inputs needed to add in this idea? - Who is ready to collaborate with me in this idea?, - Does idea make sense to reimagine the end of life?

Tell us about your work experience:

Currently I'm executive director of Christian Education and Development Organization, I'm a Board Catalysts of Design Kit- the Course for Human Centered Design, I'm a Board member of District Nutrition Steering committee, I'm Organizer of Accelerate Local.

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm


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Thanks for the post Japhet! Is this idea another iteration of your earlier post: REDUCE CHILD AND MATERNAL DEATHS ?

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No, this is a new idea