Tanzania

Why Do We Work in Tanzania?

While Tanzania has made significant progress in its healthcare development and improvement of maternal health indicators, there is still a long way to go. 90% of births are done in hospitals in Dar Es Salaam, the country’s capital, but most women still give birth at home in rural areas without the presence of a skilled attendant. This, coupled with lack of access to emergency obstetric care, significantly increases a woman’s risk of developing obstetric fistula should complications arise.

What You Help Us Do In Tanzania

We’re helping fund:

  • Fistula surgeries
  • Surgeon training
  • Medical equipment
  • Improved mobilization and care for women and girls living with obstetric fistula

Where:

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), Dar Es Salaam
Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, Arusha
Association of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons in Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam
Women’s Dignity, Dar Es Salaam
Lake Tanganyika Floating Clinic

How much funding have we granted?

CCBRT

$106,800 in FY2013
$43,840 in FY2012

Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre

$20,000 in FY2013
$5,000 in FY2012
$17,425 in FY2011

Association of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons in Tanzania

$50,000 in FY2014
$50,000 in FY2013
$50,000 in FY2012

Women’s Dignity

$10,000 in FY2012
$125,000 in FY2011

Lake Tanganyika Floating Clinic

$50,000 in FY2011

Who are our partners?

We provide grant support to CCBRT through Kupona Foundation, CCBRT’s representative organization in the U.S.
We provide grant support directly to the other organizations.

How will this help women in Tanzania?

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is the largest indigenous provider of disability and rehabilitation services in Tanzania and accounts for approximately one-third of all fistula surgeries performed annually in the country. It is one of few facilities in Tanzania able to provide comprehensive, high-quality fistula services on a routine basis. Their primary focus is providing free surgeries to women in need, which they have steadily increased from 162 surgeries in 2009 to over 700 in 2013. In addition to surgery, CCBRT has trained hundreds of community health workers, conducts regular outreach missions to raise awareness about fistula in rural areas, and airs public service announcements about fistula on local radio and TV stations.

The Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre performs fistula surgeries and conducts outreach in northern Tanzania. We fund outreach activities as well as transport for mobile fistula clinics in the region as well as neighboring countries.

The Association of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons of Tanzania conducts mobile fistula clinics throughout the country to provide free fistula repair surgeries to women in remote areas. In 2013, they performed 114 surgeries at five different clinics and continued to raise awareness about fistula in small communities.

Women’s Dignity spearheaded the establishment of the Tanzania National Fistula Program (NFP), an umbrella group of organizations and national ministries working to address fistula. Thanks to their strong partnerships, Women’s Dignity was able to conduct a fistula prevalence survey throughout the country as well as outreach and sensitization campaigns in rural communities.

Lake Tanganyika is a critically important place – it is the longest and second deepest lake in the world, holding a staggering 18 percent of the globe’s freshwater supply. Surrounded by mountain ranges and conflict zones, the Lake Tanganyika Basin is home to more than 10 million people yet is one of the most inaccessible places on earth due to difficult geographical, political, and socio-economic circumstances. The Lake Tanganyika Floating Clinic provides much-needed medical care and maternal health services to people in the region. In 2011, we funded a project to upgrade Kirando Health Center in Nkasi District, perform 44 surgeries, and conduct outreach about fistula and the importance of pre- and post-natal care.

 

Where is Tanzania?

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Facts About Tanzania

  • Population:49,639,138
  • Average births per woman:4.95
  • Physicians per 10,000 people:0.1
  • Births attended by skilled personnel:48.9%
  • Lifetime risk of maternal death:1 in 23(chances a woman will die during childbirth)
  • Female life expectancy:62.62 years
  • Female literacy:60.8%
  • Population living in rural areas:72.8%
  • Population living in poverty:67.9%(less than $1.25/day)
  • Surgeries completed through Fistula Foundation funding to date:255

Sources: CIA World Fact Book; WHO, World Bank.


We’re Making a Difference in Tanzania

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Partner Spotlight: Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is our biggest partner in Tanzania and the largest indigenous provider of disability and rehabilitation services in the country. It is one of few facilities in Tanzania to provide comprehensive, high-quality fistula services on a permanent basis and accounts for approximately one-third of all fistula surgeries performed annually…

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