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New Fistula ward at CCBRT hospital ready to be handled
·        The number of women who underwent surgery increases.

Dar es Salaam, 13rd 2012 … The newly constructed Fistula patient ward at CCBRT disability Hospital was yesterday applauded by the Director, Department of Treatmentfor the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Margaret Mhando.

Dr. Margaret was accompanied by the Director, Vodafone Foundation, Mr. Andrew Dunnett and Chairman of the Board of CCBRT Hospital, Dr. Wilbroad Peter Slaa, in an inspection to the facility before an official  opening is  done by the  President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete later this month.

Vodafone Foundation, together with CCBRT and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, teamed up and formed a campaign dabbed “MOYO,” which raised 10 million USD to help tackle major maternal health issue including obstetric fistula.

Vodafone M-PESA through its M-Pesa technology has eased referral system within CCBRT, allowing the Hospital to transfer transport costs to patients in rural Tanzania who cannot afford the treatment. So far, CCBRT has treated over 1,000 women with fistula through this programme.


Currently CCBRT is able to accommodate 70 patients every month as opposed to the 9 patients the facility was able to accommodate in the past.

"We have our ambassadors in various regions within the country, who receive information about women with fistula and enable us to send transportation money via M-Pesa which enables these patients to get to Dar es Salaam for specialized treatment," said Perialis.
In 2014, CCBRT will open the new Maternity and Newborn Hospital which will act as a referral facility for the Dar es Salaam region and wider Eastern Zone, providing vital maternal health care services and serving as a training Centre for medical staff across Tanzania.

“The Vodafone Foundation’s contribution has already made a significant impact to the good progress achieved in the eradication of obstetric fistula in Tanzania. This ambitious and fast progressing programme would not be there today without the invaluable support and encouragement of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Dr Hussein Ally Mwinyi, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare,” said Erwin Telemans, CEO of CCBRT.

“CCBRT is using mobile technology and M-PESA payments to provide access to transport and treatment for women with obstetric fistula from across the country.  The Vodafone Foundation is proud to work with CCBRT to improve maternal health in Tanzania. Together we are changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable women in the world,” said Andrew Dunnett, Director of Vodafone Foundation

Notes to Editors:

CCBRT’s work on obstetric fistula
·        Obstetric fistula is a childbirth related injury caused by prolonged or obstructed labour without timely medical intervention. The consequences of fistula are life shattering: the baby usually dies and the woman is left with chronic incontinence.
·        CCBRT is the largest provider of obstetric fistula surgery in Tanzania.
·        CCBRT provides treatment to all obstetric fistula patients for free.
·        CCBRT uses the Vodafone mobile phone technology, M-PESA, to transfer travel costs for patients, therefore ensuring that the poorest women in remote areas gain access to the treatment they desperately need.
·        So far this year CCBRT has treated over 400 women suffering with obstetric fistula.

About CCBRT
CCBRT is the largest indigenous provider of surgical and rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities in Tanzania.  Each year approximately 120,000 people directly access its services which include a disability hospital, community programmes (including an obstetric fistula programme and a maternal and newborn health programme), and also training and advocacy initiatives. CCBRT’s main aim is to improve the quality of life for people living with a disability, their family members and caregivers to enable them to become full members of society.

As part of the public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CCBRT is also in the process of establishing a maternity and newborn hospital for the Dar es Salaam region.  Construction began in December 2011 next to the current disability hospital in Msasani.

Contact: communications@ccbrt.or.tz or +255 22 260 1543