Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women

 
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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

16 year-old Malela is recovering at CCBRT
16 year-old Malela is recovering at CCBRT

Dear Friends, 

This past March, I visited our partner, CCBRTin Tanzania for the first time. One afternoon, I sat with a dozen ladies, each recovering from a surgery to repair the trauma of obstetric fistula, and I listened to their stories.

Two stories really struck me.
Malela is a 16-year-old girl with a shy smile. In the US, a girl her age would be thinking about friends, boys, passing her driver’s test and studying for SAT’s; Malela was telling me about the day she lost her baby. She never saw her child, but to some, she is considered fortunate; ‘Fortunate’, because she survived. Read More…

Before I met with the second patient I asked my interpreter if, like Malela, this woman had also lost her child. The interpreter shook her head. “No, her baby survived. She is lucky.” During my half-hour interview with 30-year-old Salma, I watched her 3-month-old baby girl rubbing her little face against her mother’s shoulder and clutching Salma’s blue hospital gown in a tiny fist. Read More…

I just kept thinking, why is this about luck?

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

Donate via GlobalGiving on May 13th!

I will be donating because I’ve seen the impact that my contribution makes through Kupona. I’ve met the dedicated team of doctors and staff at CCBRT who are making monumental strides to strengthen the Tanzanian healthcare system. I’ve heard stories of lives changed, healthcare workers and facilities empowered, and hope restored. With my donation, I am joining a network of supporters, and together we are taking luck out of the equation for thousands of women and newborns.

Join me, and become part of this game-changing team.

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


With gratitude,
Sami Bossalini

Communications and Development Associate, Kupona Foundation

Photo courtesy of Dieter Telemans
Photo courtesy of Dieter Telemans

Dear Friends, 

Today is Bonus Day!

Starting at 9am EDT, donations made through GlobalGiving will receive a 30% match (up to $1,000 until funds run out), meaning your donation will go even further to change the status quo for Tanzanian women.

The Kupona team is celebrating the first Bonus Day of the year with the CCBRT team in Tanzania! Sami, our Communications and Development Associate, is visiting Tanzania for the first time. Here, Sami shares her thoughts with you on what she’s seen so far.

Meeting a real need
“For the past nine months, I have been fundraising for a hospital that I hadn't yet seen with my own eyes. Having now witnessed the impact CCBRT has on the Tanzanian community, I am convinced beyond a doubt that the gifts you are making go where they are needed most.

CCBRT is a clean, beautiful, well-managed facility that places great emphasis on client care and respect for the patient.”

What if this didn't exist?
“Watching hundreds of people pass through reception throughout the day, I kept thinking, ‘What if this didn’t exist? Where would this volume of people go to receive such a level of care?’ CCBRT provides access to top-quality services for patients who would otherwise have had to live with debilitating impairments. Given this legacy, it’s exciting to think about the life-changing and life-saving services that will be available when CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital opens.”

The impact is so real, and so far-reaching.
“Not only are donations reaching the poorest of the poor, but they also are laying the foundation for a stronger healthcare system.” 

Every mother deserves the chance to greet her newborn child.

A donation made today will go even further. Your support will give women and newborns in Tanzania access to the high quality treatment they need and deserve. Please help us take advantage of the matching funds available. Change a life today!

Thank you for your continued support,

The Kupona team 

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Photo Courtesey of Benjamin Eagle
Photo Courtesey of Benjamin Eagle

Dear Friends,

What a week! There has been an amazing show of support for women worldwide over the last several days.

Kupona was featured at the ACCP conference in Nashville, TN. Our friends at Johnson & Johnson presented our latest video, highlighting our efforts, in partnership with CCBRT, to prevent and treat obstetric fistula in Tanzania. You can take a look here.

People Who Inspire

We also highlighted just a handful of women that inspire us on our blog – launching a regular feature to shine a spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things for people in Tanzania.

Every donation you make is an extraordinary thing. Your support allows us to continue to improve the status quo for thousands of women, and make quality maternal healthcare accessible for all in Tanzania.

Will you be the next person to be featured on our ‘People Who Inspire’ blog series?

Mark your calendars! GlobalGiving’s first Bonus Day of 2015 is this Wednesday, March 18th, beginning at 9am EDT. Until midnight, all donations made through our GlobalGiving page will receive a 30% match (up to $1,000 per donor, until matching funds run out).

Your gift goes further this Wednesday!

With gratitude,

Abbey                                                                                           

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Esther
Esther

Dear Friends, 

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the incredible progress that you are making happen for women in Tanzania. With GlobalGiving’s first matching gift campaign of the year coming up in just 10 days, it’s also a great time to remind ourselves to keep pushing for the changes that we know are possible.

Meet Esther

Esther arrived at the health center in Tanga, Tanzania, as a 24-year-old expectant mother and businesswoman, with a supportive family and a bright future. She returned home with a healthy baby, but also a devastating condition that threatened to diminish that future. Obstetric fistula.

After a grueling 12-hour obstructed delivery staff at the Tanga health center were able to deliver Esther’s baby safely, but the damage to Esther’s body had already been done.

Five days after returning home, Esther noticed she was leaking urine.

Learning to Live with Fistula

“After I developed fistula, I stayed at home with my parents. I was very sad that I could not go to any celebrations or to see my neighbors because I would be ashamed for anyone to see my leaking.”

“Before I had fistula, I owned a cosmetic shop. After my baby was born, I could not go back…I had spent the money that I would need to purchase more supplies for my business on my health and fistula expenses. 

Esther lived with fistula for seven months. Finally, a doctor told her about our local implementing partner, CCBRT, where her condition could be treated. After a 200 mile journey, Esther was admitted for fistula repair surgery.

Esther’s surgery was successful, and she is now recovering, pain-free. She is happy to be completely dry, and to have her beautiful, healthy son. She will soon return home to her family and community.

A stark reminder

Esther’s story is one of survival and hope. High quality fistula treatment is available free of charge at CCBRT. Since the program began, thousands of women have had their dignity restored through surgery. With Kupona’s support, CCBRT has become one of the largest fistula treatment centers in the world.

The thing is, Esther’s story never should have happened.

Prevention is better than cure

Fistula is completely preventable, yet every year, there are up to 3,000 new cases of fistula in Tanzania. High quality, emergency obstetric care would have spared Esther the trauma of living with incontinence.

Your donations to Kupona have taken us one step closer toward eradicating this condition from Tanzania. Your support has helped us to take huge bounds toward improving the quality of maternal and newborn healthcare in some of the most under-resourced health facilities in the region of Dar es Salaam. It has also helped us make incredible progress on the construction of a new Maternity and Newborn Hospital – a hospital that will focus specifically on high-risk deliveries and women with a history of obstetric fistula, like Esther, who are particularly vulnerable to complications in future pregnancies.

We’ve still got a long way to go

In 10 days, GlobalGiving will launch its first Bonus Day of the year, giving you the opportunity to increase the impact of your donation. Donate on March 18th beginning at 9am EDT and your donation will receive a 30% match from GlobalGiving! So please, mark your calendars, and help us to prevent more women from facing the devastation of fistula.

Thank you for your continued support, and Happy International Women’s Day!

Abbey 

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Kupona Foundation

Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
http://www.kuponafoundation.org

Project Leader

Abbey Kocan

Executive Director
Saratoga Springs, NY United States

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