As many of you have likely seen or read, Kupona's implementing partner CCBRT welcomed some very special visitors earlier this month. On July 2nd, the First Ladies of Ghana, South Africa, and Mozambique toured CCBRT along with other distinguished guests from the African First Ladies Summit hosted by The Bush Center and ExxonMobil. A day later, CCBRT was honored to receive President and Mrs. George W. Bush themselves on a tour of our main campus, with a special presentation in our fistula ward.
These visits came at the end of what has been a very busy and exciting few months for Kupona and CCBRT. Even as construction on the new Maternity and Newborn Hospital continues, we have seen a dramatic expansion of support for and awareness of our efforts to improve maternal health across the Dar es Salaam region. In April a film crew visited CCBRT to shoot footage for a documentary about access to essential surgery in the developing world, and in June, Kupona Board member hosted a reception that raised enough funding for a full-time nurse-midwife for one year. Add in celebrations of the first ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, an EUR 8.5 million grant from the German Development Bank KfW, a series of efforts in promoting "LEAN" management across the organization, and it is clear that CCBRT is better poised than ever to have a serious impact on the health infrastructure in Tanzania.
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