Dr. Maguzu Nganga is a gynecologist at the META Hospital located in Mbeya, Tanzania. He is a national trainer for family planning that has worked with various international non-governmental organizations. He has mentored countless health care workers on providing postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (PPIUCD) services across different regions in Tanzania.
Dr. Maguzu registered for TCI University (TCI-U) in August 2022 during a regional meeting in Keyela District. After completing several social and behavior change interventions in TCI-U, he used what he learned to mentor the health care workers he supervises in the maternity ward. He said:
Our focus is to reduce maternal and perinatal deaths in Mbeya Region. Apart from direct and indirect causes of maternal-related deaths, it’s absolutely high time to consider ‘attitudinal change’ as a key contributor to reducing maternal and perinatal death when it comes to social and behavior change. Medical supplies, equipment, skills, and knowledge are nothing if health care providers will not change their attitude when attending clients, meaning respectful care. When I went through TCI-U, I accessed several tools that opened up my eyes and my mind. I used that knowledge and best practices to coach all health care providers around me.”
Dr. Maguzu added:
I want to see TCI-U become a well-known platform and be utilized by massive medical professionals, including even the non-medical staff because social and behavior change is key to our daily business. As a specialist, I see this platform as a trigger that can generate awareness and dialogue, build confidence, promote protective social norms, garner commitment, and encourage actions by families, communities, and children themselves to end such practices. It can inform, influence, motivate, engage ,and empower. Further more, I do believe that TCI-U is the key to social and behavior change through communication. TCI-U can help people adopt healthy behaviors, overcome social and structural barriers, and improve their lives and those of their families and communities.”