Why Do We Work in Tanzania?

Access to safe motherhood services is limited in Tanzania, particularly in rural areas. Maternal mortality and debilitating childbirth injuries such as obstetric fistula persist at unacceptably high levels. The Fistula Foundation is supporting a variety of organizations that are greatly respected for their work in expanding fistula treatment in Tanzania’s remotest regions. The Foundation is also proud to be providing support to Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) which 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 the country to provide comprehensive, high-quality fistula services on a permanent basis.

What You Help Us Do In Tanzania

We’re helping fund:

  • Equipment
  • Fistula surgeries
  • Fistula surgery training
  • Improved mobilization and care for women and girls living with obstetric fistula


Our help extends throughout 50 identified villages in Tanzania and the Lake Tanganyika Basin located in the west of the country
Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre
Association of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons in Tanzania
Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT)

How much funding have we granted?


$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

$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’s our partner?

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

How will this help women in Tanzania?

The Association of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons will provide fistula treatment to women living with fistula in Tanzania and train and provide mentorship to doctors and nurses on fistula care.

CCBRT began construction in March 2012 to expand its existing fistula ward to 60 beds. Funding from the Fistula Foundation will help equip the expanded space and to provide a deputy matron to care for patients with fistula during their stay at CCBRT.

The Lake Tanganyika Basin in the west of the country will have stronger maternal health resources. And women suffering from fistula living in 50 identified villages throughout Tanzania will receive better and more comprehensive care and assistance before and after surgery (identification, referrals, counseling and assistance with re-integration).

Where is Tanzania?


Facts About Tanzania

  • Population:42,700,000
  • Average births per woman:5
  • Physicians per 10,000 people:0.1
  • Births attended by skilled personnel:43%
  • Lifetime risk of maternal death:1 in 23(chances a woman will die during childbirth)
  • Female life expectancy:54 years
  • Female literacy:76%
  • Population living in rural areas:74%
  • Population living in poverty:89%(less than $1.25/day)

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

We’re Making a Difference in Tanzania

Alysse Leite-Rogers

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