Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women

by Kupona Foundation
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Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Maternal Wing
Maternal Wing

Dear Friends,

Greetings! We are happy to share with you some updates from our sister organization, CCBRT, from the last few months.

After an extended construction and development period, the new Maternal Wing within CCBRT is finally open! As of April 2022, 39 babies have been delivered in the wing, including 3 sets of twins, 2 mothers with disabilities and 1 emergency premature delivery. The opening of the Maternal Wing assures safe, accessible maternal health care for mothers throughout the region.

We are also happy to report an update on the wheelchair distribution at the House of Hope in Moshi. The Wheelchairs for Kids program was provided in part by funding from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation and through contributions received by Kupona Foundation. At this time, all 166 wheelchairs procured have been distributed to children in need. Your support has provided these children with life-changing equipment to improve their mobility and quality of life.

Your support through GlobalGiving helps CCBRT provide improved access to healthcare and assistive devices. On behalf of the team at Kupona Foundation, I thank you for your continued support.

With Gratitude,
Robert Schwed
President, Kupona Foundation Board of Directors

Wheelchairs for Kids
Wheelchairs for Kids
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CCBRT fistula ambassadors doing outreach in Kagera
CCBRT fistula ambassadors doing outreach in Kagera

Dear Friends,

Greetings, and Happy New Year! We are excited to share with you some updates from our sister organization, CCBRT, from the last few months.

From July through November of 2021, 217 fistula repair surgeries were performed at CCBRT, the largest provider of fistula treatment in the country. Thanks in part to the generous support we receive through GlobalGiving, all costs of treatment are covered—from surgery, to transportation, to accommodation and meals.

CCBRT’s fistula program also recently conducted training for community health workers from the Dodoma and Singed regions of Tanzania, to improve their capacity to identify and refer patients for treatment. Fistula ambassadors from all over the country also attended a fistula conference hosted by CCBRT, to promote cross-regional learning and sharing of experiences.

We aim to eradicate obstetric fistula by providing safe delivery services and high-quality obstetrics care to those suffering from this debilitating condition, and your donations help keep treatment free for patients and provide funding for training and other resources. As always, we are so thankful for your support and look forward to sharing more updates in our next report.

With Gratitude,
Robert Schwed
President, Kupona Foundation Board of Directors

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A before and after of the building
A before and after of the building

Dear Friends,

We have very exciting news to share with you from Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT)

In April, the New Maternity Wing was finally opened after 10 years of construction!

This facility, which was built through the support of our partners and stakeholders, is a 200-bed hospital that will change the maternal health landscape in Dar es Salaam. CCBRT is recognized as a super-specialist hospital by the Government of Tanzania, and this new wing will be the largest of its kind, providing complex high-quality maternal and neonatal care. CCBRT’s new wing boasts 8 delivery suites, state-of-the-art operating theaters, and postnatal wards. Thanks to your support, we will be able to provide high-quality care to mothers and babies in Tanzania as well as continue offering free surgeries to women living with fistula.

Your donations will now go an even longer way in supporting women in need as we will reach more women  Earlier in the year, students from Northwestern University, USA conducted an impact audit of our Maternal Health Capacity Building (MHCB) Program. Students measured the dollar cost of every additional life year for mothers and babies as implemented by CCBRT’s MHCB program. Each life-year gained from the program costs $3.88. CCBRT continues to provide high-quality care with a focus on high yield at the lowest possible cost, ensuring that your donation impacts as many lives as possible. 

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing our annual report and providing you with more updates in our next report!

With Gratitude,

Susana Oguntoye

Executive Director


P.S. GlobalGiving’s Little by Little campaign is coming up in the next 2 weeks! Beginning on Monday, September 13th and until 11:59 pm ET on Friday, September 17th, donations up to $50 will be matched at 50%. Please consider sharing this Project Report via email or social media with a note about the matching funds and why you give to support Kupona.

CCBRT staff in front of the new facility
CCBRT staff in front of the new facility
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Dear Friends,

Greetings! We are excited to share with you the developments at Kupona and our sister organization, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) over the past few months. A lot has happened in the country with the loss of President Magufuli, the transition to a new Tanzanian leader under President Samia Suluhu, and a changing stance toward COVID.

Notwithstanding these transitions, and through your generous support, we continue to provide much-needed care to Tanzanians. Mothers and babies cannot afford to be ignored even during the pandemic. In 2020, we provided 525 fistula surgeries and trained 400 community members to identify women with fistula. Additionally, CCBRT also conducted community outreach programs that reached 15 million people. We aim to eradicate obstetrics fistula by providing safe delivery services and high-quality obstetrics care to those suffering from fistula.

In other good news, we finally opened our new Maternal and Newborn wing, which is recognized as a super-specialist referral hospital in Dar es Salaam, this April! Once full operations begin, this 200-bed wing is expected to serve over 14,000 women every year, decongesting the neighboring local hospitals. Additionally, for International Women’s Week, we offered free cervical cancer screening. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your ongoing support. The important work that we do is impossible without your contributions. 

Sincerely,

Susana Oguntoye

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

 

P.S.: Limited Mabinti Center Products are now available in the U.S. CCBRT’s Mabinti Center trains Tanzanian women recovering from fistula surgery in technical skills such as sewing and crochet to help them rebuild their lives. For the first time, you can now buy products in the US such as masks and kiddies’ aprons through Pamba+Na, an online marketplace that features African products by organizations serving a cause.  

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Dear Friend,

We are so incredibly grateful for you. 2020 was an extremely challenging year for all of us, but we, with our sister organization CCBRT in Tanzania, continued to change the lives of mothers, newborns, and people with disabilities. 

Thank you for standing with us as we raised funds to keep our frontline health workers safe in Tanzania.  We are grateful you supported women at The Mabinti Centre making masks to keep us safe. And for supporting and celebrating the completion of construction on CCBRT’s new Maternity and Newborn Wing. Read more about your 2020 impact here

2020 highlights:


Mother showing a picture of her child before his cleft lip reconstructive surgery earlier this year
Despite the pandemic, CCBRT continued to train resident doctors from the National Hospital on best medical practices
An operating room at the new Maternal and Newborn Wing where construction is still ongoing. The facility is set to open March 31, 2021

Thank you for helping us unlock our year-end $30,000 match! Your support will enable us to continue supporting mothers, newborns, and people with disabilities in Tanzania. We are so grateful to have you in our Kupona community. Wishing you a healthy 2021!


With gratitude,

Susana Oguntoye
Kupona Foundation Executive Director

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Kupona Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @KuponaFdn
Project Leader:
Susana Oguntoye
Executive Director
Washington, DC - District of Columbia United States
$143,565 raised of $400,000 goal
 
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