This month we are excited to share with you the 2011 Annual Report from our implementer, CCBRT. Last year was an extremely busy year for us, especially in the area of women's and maternal health. Our work in fistula broke records and our maternal health program - part of a partnership with the Government of Tanzania - grew drastically and hit major milestones of its own.
The full annual report is included with this update, and contains information on the full scope of initiatives that CCBRT is leading to improve health care for all Tanzanians. As supporters of our "Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women" project, you will be particularly interested in these major achievements:
- Our capacity development program expanded from working with nine government health facilities to sixteen health facilities total.
- A total of 69 midwives and Assistant Medical Officers (AMOs) attended Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care training courses, helping to bring our partner facilities to operate at almost full capacity.
- We offered short course trainings and continuing medical education courses in specific areas such as infection prevention and control, anesthesia, neonatal care, and the prevention and early detection of disabilities. These courses provided skills updates, orientations, coaching and mentoring for hundreds of clinical professionals in the Dar es Salaam region. (Please see page 22 in the annual report for a full listing of trainings and the numbers attending.)
Capacity building activities have continued at full speed in the first half of 2012, with new physical renovations underway at our partner sites, a family planning assessment being conducted in partnership with Engender Health, and additional trainings and educational opportunities being offered throughout the Dar es Salaam region. Paired with the construction of our new maternal health facility, which itself broke ground in December 2011, these capacity development initiatives are critical to building the health infrastructure in Dar es Salaam and making pregnancy and child birth a time of joy, rather than fear.
Thank you for supporting our work during this exciting time!