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.
Dec 21, 2016

Your gift could be the one that changes everything

Happy Holidays from Kupona Foundation!

We were thrilled to be a part of GlobalGiving’s Match A Million campaign on Giving Tuesday. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise over $4,200 for mothers and newborns in Tanzania, unlocking over $1,300 in matching funds. With over $5,500 we can fund 83 hours of clinical training for medical teams in Dar es Salaam. Tasked with delivering babies on some of the busiest labor wards in the country, training will empower these teams to provide high quality care that will save lives and prevent disability. If you haven’t yet made a donation to Kupona this holiday season it is not too late to give.

While you were flexing your giving muscles, I was in Tanzania, seeing the impact of your support first hand. Walking through the site of CCBRT’s Maternity and Newborn Hospital, I got a glimpse of the meticulous operational plans currently in development for the new facility. Everything is being designed around the patient – her safety, her rights, and her comfort. Work also continues in public healthcare facilities in Dar es Salaam. Members of the team were out of the office working with clinical teams around Dar es Salaam to build their skills and strengthen their services. The specialists at CCBRT are not stuck behind their desks - they are on the frontline, delivering babies and empowering healthcare providers to save lives.

Despite incredible progress in the last 5 years, there are still countless women and newborns facing life threatening delays in receiving the quality care they need. If you haven’t already done so, please consider a gift to Kupona this holiday season. It only takes one donation to shift the course of a person’s future: to determine whether a woman and her baby will thrive. Your donation could be the one that changes everything.

Thank you for your continued generosity. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and a happy and healthy 2017.

Alexandra

Dec 21, 2016

Your gift could be the one that changes everything

Happy Holidays from Kupona Foundation!

Since we launched our Year End campaign on Giving Tuesday, our supporters have raised over $7,500 to unlock access to high quality care for hundreds of people living in poverty in Tanzania. Thank you for the part you played in making this happen. If you haven’t yet made a donation to Kupona this holiday season it is not too late to give.

While you were flexing your giving muscles, I was in Tanzania, seeing the impact of your support first hand. While I was there, I met a young girl whose story really left a mark. Jane* is 15-years-old. She developed obstetric fistula when she was 14-years-old after being sexually assaulted by a man in her village. She was then forced to marry the man who attacked her. Not long after, she became pregnant. When the time came to deliver, her husband refused to take her to the hospital. Her baby boy did not survive, and she was left with an obstetric fistula: a debilitating condition that left her with chronic incontinence.

Jane is so young, and yet has experienced more trauma than anyone should have to face in a lifetime. There are clearly many complex issues at play here, but the fact that she is with us and receiving treatment, counseling and eventually family planning education from the team gives me hope that we can change the course of her future. 

Jane’s story is just one example of the hundreds of lives rebuilt at CCBRT every day. In the past 12 months, for the first time, our fistula program has served over 1,000 women, reinforcing CCBRT’s position as one of the largest fistula treatment programs in the world. Your support has enabled us to unlock access to high quality, comprehensive treatment for record numbers of women living in shame and isolation across the country.

There are still thousands of women and girls like Jane living in isolation, unable to access the restorative treatment they need. We are doing everything we can to reach them, but we need your help.

If you haven’t done so already, please consider a gift to Kupona this holiday season. It only takes one donation to shift the course of a person’s future. Your donation could be the one that changes everything.

Thank you for your continued generosity. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and a happy and healthy 2017.

Alexandra

Nov 29, 2016

Today's the day your donation is amplified!

Selina and her son. Photo credit: Sala Lewis
Selina and her son. Photo credit: Sala Lewis

Twenty-year-old Selina was pregnant with her second child when she went for an antenatal visit at her local health center. The center was one of the facilities in Dar es Salaam where Kupona’s sister organization, CCBRT, has been building capacity since 2010.

This is the work your generosity supports, providing desperately needed resources and training to maternal healthcare teams, who in turn, can provide quality care for mothers and newborns. As Selina entered the center for her first appointment, your impact was obvious.

“I was surprised by the cleanliness of the facility,” she says. ”And the fact that doctors and nurses had smiles on their faces as they distributed medicine and attended to patients. I felt comfortable waiting in the busy reception area, so as my pregnancy progressed, I continued to attend the clinics.

One day while I was at home, I felt contractions begin, and knew my baby was on the way. I rushed to the center, but there was heavy traffic on the road. I feared I would not be able to reach the center in time. As I arrived, I couldn’t wait any longer. Nurses rushed out to the gate to assist, and fortunately, they got to me in time. With their help, I delivered a healthy baby boy, just paces away from the front doors.” 

Selina and her baby boy might have had a different outcome at the same health center just six years earlier. Dr. Mbaga, medical officer in charge at the improved facility, shared, “A short while ago, this health center was under-staffed, ill equipped and almost empty. Now we have a thriving delivery unit and are leading clinical care standards in the region.” Dr. Mbaga credits CCBRT’s capacity building efforts with her staff’s improved confidence and ability to perform in emergency situations. Since the program began, emergency drills have become part of the routine at the health center.

“You can’t practice in an emergency,” says Dr. Mbaga. “At that stage, you work by instinct, but you need to practice to perform well under pressure. If the labor ward is quiet, we’ll gather together and work through an obstetric scenario, sometimes practicing three or four times until we get it right. Reviewing our clinical care like this, every day, helps us to improve constantly, and I see that my staff are much more capable as a result.”

This is the impact you support.

Safe birthing centers where mothers feel comfortable and confident that they are receiving high quality care. Medical teams that have been trained to handle complications and emergencies. Resourced, outfitted, clean healthcare facilities that are prepared to give the best care possible.

This Giving Tuesday, we hope you will empower us to reach even more healthcare workers, mothers and newborns.

Your contributions have helped maternal healthcare teams like Dr. Mbaga’s save lives and prevent birth-related impairments. We still have work to do,

Thanks to you, amazing progress has been made for mothers like Selina. But we won’t stop until every woman can deliver her child without fear of injury, impairment, or death.

Today is Bonus Day! Any gift made through GlobalGiving will be matched 50% by our friends at GlobalGiving and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. If you haven’t made your year-end contribution, please do so today. Are you committed to helping mothers like Selina? Please consider becoming a recurring donor – recurring donations of up to $100 will be matched at 200% for the first month. This is an incredible chance to watch your impact multiply!

Thank you for your continued generosity and support,

 
   

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