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.
Jul 20, 2016

Celebrating Opportunity and a Special Announcement

Photo credit: Sala Lewis
Photo credit: Sala Lewis

At Kupona, we’re passionate about opportunity. In our 2015 Annual Report, available now, you’ll find stories of individual lives changed, figures that depict the scale of our collective impact, and testimonies from members of our community, encapsulating a year where we embraced opportunities to unlock potential like never before.

Your support is saving lives

In 2015, your donations and grants from institutional partners helped support the safe delivery of 78,000 babies and the distribution of over $90,000 of equipment and supplies to healthcare facilities in Dar es Salaam. Your generosity also helped facilitate training for hundreds of healthcare workers nationwide. These interventions have had a measurable impact on the quality of healthcare available to expectant mothers and their newborns. Since our sister organization, CCBRT, began building capacity in public healthcare facilities in 2010, the maternal mortality rate in the Dar es Salaam region has fallen by 30%.

“Now, thanks to my training from CCBRT, I can deliver babies using the vacuum technique and handle emergencies like eclampsia and post-partum hemorrhage. My facility is performing so well now.”

Nia, Assistant Nurse In-Charge, Buguruni Health Center, Dar es Salaam

 

We’re shining a light on a silent tragedy

In addition to saving lives, improvements to maternal and newborn healthcare are making a direct contribution to the eradication of impairments like obstetric fistula. In May, with support from our friends at Johnson & Johnson, we co-hosted our first Twitter chat on International Day to End Obstetric Fistula with CCBRT, UNFPA and Fistula Foundation. We made over 3.8 million impressions as we shared our vision of a world without fistula, and some of the lessons we’ve learned from CCBRT’s high impact programs in Tanzania.

On the same day, we launched the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition at the New York University Kimmel Center, shining a spotlight on the experiences of women living with and recovering from obstetric fistula.

We’re excited to announce that the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition, originally scheduled to close on July 4th, has been extended until December 31st, 2016. We’ve been thrilled by the response to this project, and we couldn’t let it close just yet. Thanks to our friends at Johnson & Johnson, the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula, Fistula Foundation, and New York University for their continued support. You can visit this powerful collection on the 6th floor of the NYU Kimmel Center on Washington Square South in NYC.

“The exhibition is a beautiful reminder that there is dignity and value in every person’s story. Not only does the artist capture the transformative power of a successful surgery, but also the inherent stigma-busting power of a woman who is unafraid to tell her story as someone living with or having lived with a fistula.”

~Zack Langway, Kupona supporter

Lives and communities have been changed by your support. You are the driving force that makes this progress possible. Thank you for standing with us to provide high quality maternal and newborn healthcare to the people of Tanzania.

 

Kind Regards,

Abbey Kocan

Jul 20, 2016

Celebrating Opportunity and a Special Announcement

Photo credit: Sala Lewis
Photo credit: Sala Lewis

At Kupona, we’re passionate about opportunity. In our 2015 Annual Report, available now, you’ll find stories of individual lives changed, figures that depict the scale of our collective impact, and testimonies from members of our community, encapsulating a year where we embraced opportunities to unlock potential like never before.

Your support is saving lives

In 2015, your donations, and grants from institutional partners helped to provide life changing surgical and rehabilitative care for 7,800 people with visual impairments, 397 children with cleft lip/palate, 619 new patients living with clubfoot, and 920 women suffering with obstetric fistula.

“I’m so happy CCBRT is here. Before, there was nowhere for people with disabilities to go. Now there is a place for parents and children to find treatment and comfort. I think CCBRT is the best hospital, especially as a disability hospital.”

~Monica, mother of baby Nelson, who was born with clubfoot

 

We’re shining a light on a silent tragedy

Since 2009, Kupona supporters have contributed over $1.3million to the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula in Tanzania. In May, with support from our friends at Johnson & Johnson, we co-hosted our first Twitter chat on International Day to End Obstetric Fistula with CCBRTUNFPA and Fistula Foundation. We made over 3.8 million impressions as we shared our vision of a world without fistula and just some of the lessons we’ve learned from CCBRT’s high impact programs

On the same day, we launched the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition at the New York University Kimmel Center, shining a spotlight on the experiences of women living with and recovering from obstetric fistula.

We’re excited to announce that the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula  exhibition, originally scheduled to close on July 4th, has been extended until December 31st, 2016. We’ve been thrilled by the response to this project, and we couldn’t let it close just yet. Thanks to our friends at Johnson & Johnson, the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula, Fistula Foundation, and New York University for their continued support. You can visit this powerful collection on the 6th floor of the NYU Kimmel Center on Washington Square South in NYC.

The exhibition is a beautiful reminder that there is dignity and value in every person’s story. Not only does the artist capture the transformative power of a successful surgery, but also the inherent stigma-busting power of a woman who is unafraid to tell her story as someone living with or having lived with a fistula.”

~Zack Langway, Kupona supporter

Lives and communities have been changed by your support. You are the driving force that makes this progress possible. Thank you for standing with us as we empower the people of Tanzania with access to life changing, high quality healthcare.

 

Kind Regards,

Abbey Kocan

May 23, 2016

Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula

Abbey meets with women recovering from fistula
Abbey meets with women recovering from fistula

Bringing a silent tragedy into the spotlight

The first time I met a woman who was recovering from obstetric fistula surgery, I was faced with a reality I had been sheltered from for far too long. Four years later, while the level of awareness around this condition in the developed world has grown, there is still a lot of work to be done before this critical global health challenge is given a permanent place in the spotlight.

Imagine…

Imagine if, while giving birth, you or your partner faced a complication requiring emergency medical care. Imagine if that care was unavailable, and you lost your baby. You grieve for the loss of the child who was so close to living. You, or your partner, suffer silently, trying to find a way to cope with the physical trauma that leaves you incontinent, unable to work and further devastated by judgment and abuse at the hands of your friends and family.

“I lived like this for 10 years, with my mother. My neighbors told me I smelled, and forced me to stay inside. When my mother passed away, I had no one left to talk to, and nobody to look after me. I went to my father’s sister for help, but she told me I was cursed. She chased me away from her house and refused to let me live there. I was fired from two jobs, both times because of the smell.” – Hadidjia, fistula survivor

A Silent Tragedy

At Kupona Foundation we often refer to obstetric fistula as a silent tragedy, affecting members of our global community who struggle to make their voices heard even before they are faced with unimaginable trauma. It is made even more difficult to endure by the myths and misconceptions that are held up as fact in their communities. The women living with this condition are hidden from view. As a result, those with the power to change things are oblivious to their struggle.

Today, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Kupona Foundation, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, UNFPA’s Campaign to End Obstetric Fistula, Fistula Foundation, New York University’s Kimmel Center for University Life and the College of Global Public Health, launch the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition at the NYU Kimmel Center in New York City. The collection of work by artist Jac Saorsa is designed to shine a light on the experiences of women living with and recovering from obstetric fistula, to raise awareness about the condition, and to mobilize support for the programs and partnerships that work to restore women’s dignity. The women featured all received treatment from CCBRT, Kupona Foundation’s sister organization, at its Disability Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Since 2009, Kupona Foundation supporters have contributed over $1.3 million to the treatment and prevention of fistula.Together, we have rebuilt the lives of 3,987 women, and with our support CCBRT has grown to become one of the largest providers of comprehensive fistula treatment in the world. Our hope is that these drawings will open your eyes not only to the reality facing the women living with obstetric fistula, but also to the opportunity facing every one of us to change the status quo.

We imagine a world free from fistula, can you?

Fistula can be treated, prevented and ultimately eradicated. All it takes is a community of individuals and institutions coming together and taking action. By attending this exhibition you will become a vital part of this community.

Thank you for your support.

Abbey

The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition is free to the public from May 23rd-July 4th, Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sunday 1pm-8pm (closed Saturday) at the NYU Kimmel Center, Washington Square S, New York, NY. All visitors must present photo ID at reception.Learn more about the exhibition: www.resilience.gallery

On May 23rd at 11am ET, Kupona Foundation will host a Twitter chat with support from Johnson & Johnson to mark International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Please join this important global conversation by following the hashtag #FistulaDay

by Jac Saorsa
by Jac Saorsa
 
   

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