Kupona Foundation

Kupona Foundation was created in 2009 to support Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). Kupona and CCBRT's mission is to prevent disability and maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity and to provide equitable access to affordable, quality medical and rehabilitative services. With a direct link to local activities, Kupona ensures maximum return on donor investment and programmatic benefit for CCBRT and its patients and clients. Supporting development of CCBRT's new maternal and neonatal health facility is a priority for Kupona Foundation.
Aug 6, 2015

You held up your end of the bargain. And it wasn't in vain.

Photo Credit: Benjamin Eagle
Photo Credit: Benjamin Eagle

In November of last year, we shared a progress report from the field. For years, Temeke Hospital in Dar es Salaam had one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the region. Thanks to your support, and the hard work of the medical teams on the ground, Temeke reported zero maternal deaths in the month of September. This was an incredible victory for our colleagues at CCBRT, their partners on the Government’s Regional Health Management Team, and for Kupona supporters, as we celebrated the fact that our investments were saving and changing lives.

In that November report, we asked you to keep giving. In return, we promised to build upon last year’s successes, enabling the teams on the ground to continue improving the skills of healthcare providers; ensuring that they have access to the facilities and the equipment they need to do their job; and decongesting health facilities so that medical staff have the time and space to attend to every patient.

You have continued to show your commitment to our work in Tanzania, giving generously during both our December 2014 and Mothers’ Day 2015 campaigns. You set new fundraising records at Kupona, and gave us our most successful GlobalGiving Bonus Day in our history.

You held up your end of the bargain, and we are so happy to be able to deliver on our promise.

This month, the team at Temeke confirmed consistently low maternal mortality rates for the first half of this year. This report included two consecutive months of zero maternal deaths. This news builds upon the successes that we celebrated last year, and demonstrates that our programs are moving in the right direction.

Together, we are taking great steps toward making childbirth safe for every mother and every newborn.

We want to say Thank You. Thank You for standing with us as we tackle the challenge of reducing high mortality rates in some of the most overwhelmed, under-resourced facilities in Tanzania. Thank You for hearing our plea for support, and Thank You for demonstrating your confidence in our team as we continue to save and change lives.

We hope you’re as encouraged by these updates as we are. Consistent and positive updates from the field are a sign that the change we have waited for is happening.

Please, share this with your friends and family using the buttons below. Tell them about your donation, show them what a difference it has made and encourage them to join you in supporting our work. Together, by increasing access to high quality healthcare, we are setting people on a path to a healthier and more productive future.

 

With gratitude,

Abbey

May 13, 2015

Drastically different expectations

Abbey visiting with CCBRT fistula patients
Abbey visiting with CCBRT fistula patients

Kupona Foundation’s mission has never felt more personal for our Executive Director.

During my most recent trip to our partner, CCBRT, in Tanzania, I met women recovering from fistula surgery, and the incredible staff who support them. I’ve met women living with the trauma of fistula before, but this year their stories resonated even more than usual.

My husband and I are expecting our first child in September. Just writing that fills me with joy and fear. However, sitting with these patients at CCBRT, my fears about motherhood seemed insignificant in comparison to their accounts of loss, grief and survival. My fears focus on the future. Their fears are more immediate. Will they come out of future deliveries unscathed? Will their baby survive delivery? Will they?

In the U.S., like most developed countries, we expect a certain standard of medical care. As a mother-to-be, I expect to be treated with respect. I expect that the hospital and medical staff will be prepared with the requisite skills, supplies and equipment to take care of my baby and me. I expect that my husband will be by my side. I expect to leave the hospital with a healthy child, ready to face those fears about parenting.

In Tanzania, mothers-to-be expect to share a hospital bed with two or three other women in labor. They expect to deliver alone because there’s no space for the father or family to provide moral support.

But, why should Tanzanian mothers expect so much less than I do?

Thanks to you, we’re delivering sustainable change to the Tanzanian healthcare system that raises the bar for quality, respectful maternal healthcare. Your donations enable us to build a stronger, safer future for mothers who, like me, want to experience the joy of meeting their healthy newborn baby. Your support can change the status quo for Tanzanian women and give them access to the quality of care they deserve.

Need a refresher on what you’re helping us achieve for mothers? Watch this 3 minute video.

Today, you have an excellent opportunity to boost your impact. Starting at 9am, our friends at GlobalGiving are going to match every donation made through our project page until 11.59pm. Donate today, and invest in building a brighter future for mothers in Tanzania.

 

Thank you for your continued support,
Abbey

Executive Director
Kupona Foundation

 

For every donation made in honor of a mother, her name will be entered into our prize drawing. The winner will receive a gift from the Mabinti Center, winner of Accessories Designer of the Year at Swahili Fashion Week 2014. Just email us at info@kuponafoundation.org with the name of a mother you would like to honor for her chance to win!

Apr 29, 2015

Giving Tanzanian mothers the chance to be mums

Photo credit: Benjamin Eagle
Photo credit: Benjamin Eagle

8,000 women every year won’t find out what kind of mother they will be to their children.

Being a ‘good mum’ means different things to different people. But every year in Tanzania 8,000 women won’t get the chance to find out what kind of mother they will be to their children. They won’t even survive the delivery. Read more….

As a valued Kupona supporter, you’ll have seen this statistic from us before: 8,000 maternal deaths in Tanzania every year. During next month’s Bonus Day, I will be donating to Kupona Foundation because I’ve seen a real opportunity to get that number to zero.

Here’s how

Your support enables our partner, CCBRT, to significantly improve the quality of maternal healthcare in Dar es Salaam. In just 4 years the average quality of care score across these 22 facilities increased from 9% to 78%. In close partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CCBRT’s training and mentoring schemes are being implemented in 22 public facilities, and CCBRT has expanded efforts to fill critical gaps in equipment and infrastructure. 

Maximize the power of your donation

Next month’s Bonus Day is a fantastic opportunity to maximize the power of your support. Every donation made from 9am on May 13th will be matched by our friends at GlobalGiving, so your donation goes even further.

Access to high-quality, respectful maternal healthcare creates the opportunity for both mother and baby to lead healthy lives, and to build a promising future. This should not be a privilege. It should be a right.

For every donation made in honor of a mother, her name will be entered into our prize drawing. The winner will receive a gift from the Mabinti Center, winner of ‘Accessories Designer of the Year’ at Swahili Fashion Week 2014! Just type ‘In honor of {insert Mom’s name here}’ in your donation description for her chance to win!

 

Thank you for your support,
Alex

Alexandra Cairns

External Affairs Manager, Kupona Foundation

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