This study sought to assess the effectiveness of new strategies for tackling maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa including an expansion of reproductive health care coverage especially in areas where more vulnerable women lack access to primary health care services.

The data was collected in Tanzania through household surveys of 464 recently-pregnant women in an area with broad health coverage. Almost all of them had made use of antenatal care (ANC) services, although only 58.3% – most of whom were in the youngest age group – had had more than 4 antenatal visits during their pregnancies.

The women’s place of origin and educational level also seemed to have a significant impact on their use of health care facilities both during pregnancy and at childbirth.