MUST's MamaToto Approach wins Social Innovation in Health Award

MUST's MamaToto Approach wins Social Innovation in Health Award

MamaToto, an approach aimed at improving the health of mothers and children through community interventions is among the top five Social Innovations in Health in Uganda according to the Social Innovations in Health Initiative spearheaded by the Special Programme for Research and Taining in Tropical Diseases (TDR) of the World Health (WHO). In Uganda, 25 innovation submissions were considered for review by an independent panel of experts, which selected the top 5 includeing the MamaToto Approach (

MamaToto approach is championed by Healthy Child Uganda (HCU), the outreach arm of Mbarara University of Science and Technology's Maternal Newborn and Child Health Institute (MNCHI). The approach signifies the empowerment of commmunity health workers (CHWs) known as Village Health Teams (VHTs) and strengthening the health system with a focus on maternal newboarn and child health. In the period 2012-2015, HCU with funding from Global Affairs Canada/ University of Clagary and in partnership with Bushenyi and Rubirizi Local Governments in South Western Uganda, implemented MamaToto.

The approach was innovative and followed seven steps; Scan, Orient, Plan, Equip, Train, Act, Reflect (SOPETAR) at 3 levels; the district, health facility and community levels.

The Social Innovations Award comes with 2 Fellowships in Social Innovations in Health hosted by School of Public Health in Makerere University.

Special thanks and appreciation go to the leadership of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, University of Calgary-Canada, Local Governments and VHTs of Bushenyi and Rubirizi districts, Ministry of Health and individuals who made this possible.