Our final fundraising efforts of 2014 have come to an end. In the last six weeks alone, our Global Giving supporters raised $3,264 for mothers and babies in Tanzania. Your donations are helping us make motherhood safe and prevent unnecessary impairments and loss of life. Thank you.
$3,264 will give 59 mothers and babies a better chance of survival!
Your generous donations this holiday season, along with our corporate and institutional supporters, contributed to a total of $564,900 raised by Kupona in 2014!
A record amount raised means a record number of lives changed.
In 2015, we resolve to bring you more stories from the field so that you can continue to celebrate the victories that you are making possible. I look forward to sharing regular updates and giving you more opportunities to get involved. Your donations have a life-changing impact on some of the most vulnerable people in Tanzania. We’re going to help you see that impact.
Wishing you all a wonderful start to 2015,
Happy Holidays! We’ve enjoyed celebrating little victories this month, and we hope you’ve been inspired by the stories you’ve heard, whether on our blog or via social media.
Tomorrow is your last day to help us win $3,000 from GlobalGiving. A tax-deductible donation of $55 USD made via our GlobalGiving project page by midnight on December 31st will directly support women like Janeth and our maternity and newborn healthcare program. (It’s also your last chance to make a donation for the 2014 tax year!)
In this video, Fabiola, Haika, Faridu and other members of the CCBRT team share their thoughts on what makes CCBRT different from other health service providers. If you can spare just 54 seconds, their answers may surprise you!
Your gift enables these dedicated professionals to change lives every day. Kupona Foundation has an exclusive relationship with CCBRT, so the funds you give aren’t sent anywhere else. CCBRT’s doctors and nurses are the people who translate your donations into impact for our patients.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to sharing more reports of our successes and challenges in 2015. And, with your help, we look forward to celebrating many more victories for the people of Tanzania. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
When we talk about maternal healthcare, it’s easy to get lost in the statistics. And when statistics don't tell us what we’d like to hear it’s easy to get disheartened. Every year, 8,000 Tanzanian women will die as a result of childbirth or pregnancy related causes. It’s true that we are still a long way from reaching our goals in the reduction of maternal mortality in Tanzania (we have 12 months to reduce the maternal mortality rate by 57% to meet the MDGs).
But positive change is happening. And it’s all thanks to you. We’re here to remind you of the victories.
This September, there was incredible news from Temeke District Hospital, one of the 22 facilities that we support through CCBRT’s capacity building program in Dar es Salaam. Temeke Hospital has historically had one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the region. However, following the incredible work of the CCBRT team, Temeke reported zero maternal deaths in the month of September.
In a region where far too many mothers lose their lives in childbirth, this news was remarkable Thanks to the staff training, infrastructure improvements, and distribution of life-saving equipment that YOU supported, every mother who gave birth at Temeke in the month of September survived.
“At first, I used to get disappointed when I didn't get the results I wanted immediately, but then I realized that the one person you save means something…CCBRT has showed me that change is possible.”
- Dr Fatma Sulieman, OBGYN and technical advisor, CCBRT’s Maternal and Newborn Healthcare Program
Of course, not every month will be as successful as September. Without collaboration and perseverance, thousands of Tanzanian mothers and their babies will continue to die every year. We must build upon this year’s successes by 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.
It's the little victories that will come together to change the status quo for women and children in Tanzania. A donation of $55 USD this holiday season will fund a skilled delivery by trained medical staff: giving both mother and baby a better chance for survival. Make more of these victories possible, and support our work at CCBRT. Help us to continue to save lives and improve the quality of maternal and newborn healthcare in Tanzania.
Watch this video to learn more about how your support for our maternal healthcare program is changing lives: http://youtu.be/4-GqGew-QbU
You can help us win an additional $3,000 from GlobalGiving to help make motherhood safe in Tanzania by giving to this project between December 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014!
P.S. - Want to do a little more to help out Kupona during the holidays?
 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS) 2010, National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania, April 2011, Dar es Salaam
 The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014’, United Nations
“Once you know something, it’s hard to un-know it, and you will be compelled to act.” This is a quote from IBM’s Ginni Rometty at the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting. It means a lot to me because, in large part, that’s why I do this. I spent five months at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (‘CCBRT’) in 2012, and learned about the organization and what they were doing. I was compelled to act by joining Kupona Foundation. Likewise, CCBRT’s 20-year history working in the community in Tanzania led to the recognition that many of the conditions treated at its Disability Hospital (obstetric fistula, cleft lip/palate, clubfoot, pediatric cataract…) could be prevented or identified early and easily corrected. There was a gap. And we were compelled to act. What does Ms. Rometty's quote mean to you?
This is a longer report than we often share. If you have three minutes, watch this YouTube video, which provides a great overview of the maternal and newborn healthcare program that YOU are helping make possible.
If you have time, I encourage you to read on to learn more about the work that you’re supporting, and to check out photos of the latest construction and our capacity building team at work!
On October 24th, CCBRT will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with an event at the construction site of the Maternity and Newborn Hospital - and we want you to join us for the celebration! Follow our live tweets of the event on Twitter (@KuponaFdn) and check out Kupona Foundation’s Facebook page for photos and updates of the day’s activities. We look forward to celebrating our accomplishments and sharing plans for the future with the supporters who are behind our successes.
We cannot thank you enough for what you’ve done to help make accessible quality maternal and newborn healthcare in Tanzania a reality. Your donations to Kupona are directly improving the quality of maternal and newborn healthcare available in Dar es Salaam. Contributions will enable us to complete construction on the Maternity and Newborn Hospital on schedule and bring quality medical services to more mothers and newborns in high-risk health situations. With your help, Kupona Foundation and CCBRT look forward to serving the women and children of Tanzania for the next 20 years and beyond!
A look at maternal and newborn healthcare in Dar es Salaam: the past, present and future.
October 12th, 2014 will mark CCBRT’s twentieth year of service to some of Tanzania’s most vulnerable populations, including pregnant mothers and newborns. Maternal and newborn healthcare in Tanzania has come a long way in the last 20 years. With your help and through our implementing partner, CCBRT, we will strive to ensure that every expectant mother and baby in Dar es Salaam has access to high quality and affordable healthcare in the years to come.
The Past: Twenty years ago, maternal and newborn healthcare providers and facilities in Tanzania did not receive the necessary attention or support to enable them to adequately serve their surrounding populations. The three regional hospitals in Dar es Salaam that now perform most of the deliveries in the city, Temeke, Amana and Mwanyanamala, were not built until 2004. Caesarean sections were only performed at hospitals, rather than at lower level health centers, which meant that women in labor had to travel a longer distance to access emergency services. Furthermore, residents of Dar es Salaam did not trust that lower level health facilities could provide quality healthcare services, which caused significant overcrowding at the municipal maternity and regional hospitals. Tanzania’s national hospital, Muhimbili, had the only maternity unit that operated 24 hours a day; maternity units at other facilities were only open during the mornings.
The Present: With the understanding that many health facilities were overcrowded while some were underutilized, and that many of these facilities could significantly improve their quality of care with some basic investments in human and physical resources, CCBRT established its Maternity and Newborn Healthcare Program in 2010. Since 2010, CCBRT staff have been contributing to capacity building efforts in public health facilities throughout Dar es Salaam, which includes advocating for and investing in respectful and inclusive maternal care as well as training doctors, nurses, anesthetic officers and supporting staff in the most up-to-date maternal and newborn healthcare practices. The capacity building program is also conducting on-the-job training and mentorship for its trainees in Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care to support their continuous education. CCBRT’s investments in infrastructure and human resources are significantly raising the standards of care in medical situations that were considered hopeless when the program first began.
Just a few months ago, CCBRT added 6 more health facilities in Dar es Salaam to our Maternity and Newborn Healthcare Capacity Building Program, bringing the total number of health facilities supported by CCBRT to 22. These health facilities were selected as partner healthcare centers because they had the staffing potential and adequate existing infrastructure to succeed in enticing patients to use them. Additionally, all of these health centers serve densely populated areas of Dar es Salaam. When CCBRT conducted assessments of these 6 healthcare facilities in April, we found that the facilities were operating well below their delivery capacity. Now, healthcare providers in these facilities are being trained to improve their skills and management systems, and are simultaneously being equipped with the physical resources necessary to close the medical equipment and infrastructure gaps. To combat the distrust of these lower level health facilities in the neighborhoods in which they are located, CCBRT is conducting local sensitization and awareness campaigns that highlight the support that is being given to its partner health centers and to encourage mothers to deliver their babies at these facilities.
The Future: When it opens in 2016, the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital will be accessible to patients 24 hours a day and will serve all of the Dar es Salaam region, which is home to over 8 million people. The hospital is projected to perform 15,000 high-risk deliveries a year and will serve women who are experiencing delivery complications such as eclampsia, hemorrhaging and severe anemia; women with disabilities; young women under the age of 18; women with a history of obstetric fistula (who must have a C-section to ensure safety for mother and baby); and newborns with birth asphyxia and low birth weight. These patients will be referred from lower level health centers and hospitals that to do not have the capacity or expertise to care for them, and will receive treatment at CCBRT from the most qualified clinicians in the region. We are in the process of seeking out the best obstetric/gynecologists, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, qualified nurses, midwives and pediatricians – training new healthcare providers within Tanzania (not taking them away from the existing healthcare facilities!), and from abroad for specialists that are not available within the country or region. Through your contributions, you are helping to make this high caliber life-saving care for mothers and babies in Dar es Salaam available for all.
Because of your support, the Maternity and Newborn Hospital will be entering “Phase 5” of construction in the new few weeks. This means construction will soon commence on the outside walls and roofing elements. Plans will be confirmed for the final parts of the building that still need to be constructed, as well as the interior finishing.
Kupona and CCBRT: Confused about how Kupona Foundation fits in? New York-based Kupona was established in 2009 to help connect donations, resources and technical expertise to CCBRT, and to raise awareness about CCBRT’s work. If you have questions or suggestions, send us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations if you made it through the entire report! Many thanks for your ongoing support.
 The region of Dar es Salaam has a population of 4.36 million per 2012 national census data.
The last few months have been a time for celebration at CCBRT. The first phase of our maternal and newborn healthcare program came to an end, and the results have been phenomenal. With your support we were able to train healthcare teams in 16 facilities, develop hospital infrastructure, distribute life-saving equipment and increase community awareness around safe pregnancy and childbirth.
Since 2010, when the first phase of our capacity building program began, you have helped us to achieve some incredible results:
Dr. Kawawa is the Coordinator of the Regional Capacity Building Program and is a strong partner of CCBRT; a partnership that couldn’t have been built without your support. Dr. Kawawa brings over 40 years of experience in public health to the program, and told us of the great results she has seen over the past few years, particularly in strengthening the healthcare system.
“Since 2010 we’ve seen tremendous improvements and vivid results. The program has created links between different parts of the system. We’ve seen departments working more effectively together within health facilities, and managers working more closely with health practitioners. We’ve seen our work in facilities strengthened by what we do in communities and vice versa. And we’ve also created links between the national, regional and district health teams so that we all communicate better and understand each other. The whole network is closer as a result.”
Construction of the new CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital has also moved forward in leaps and bounds since our last update. This facility is on track to open at the end of 2015, and will provide high quality maternal and newborn healthcare services for emergency and high risk cases in the region of Dar es Salaam. The facility will conduct over 15,000 quality deliveries every year, and will add 200 beds to the region, relieving facilities that are currently overwhelmed by demand.
Your contributions and support have made all of this progress possible, but the struggle isn’t over. Tanzania is still one of the most challenging places in the world to become a mother, and we need you to recruit more support for our cause. When potential supporters hear us talking about why they should make a donation today, they listen. But when your friends and family hear you talk about our work as someone who is already a supporter and knows that we are making a difference, they’ll act.
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