COMPREHENSIVE Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) will receive USD 850,000 (Approx 1.3bn/-) from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as an additional contribution towards the construction of the brand new CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital.
A statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday by CCBRT states that the donation brings the total amount CCBRT has received from SDC towards its comprehensive maternal and newborn healthcare programme to USD 5.76 million (Approx 9bn/-) since November 2010.
"When a partner agrees to give funding in addition to its existing commitment, it gives CCBRT confidence that we are moving in the right direction. Before SDC agreed to this additional funding, CCBRT was still working to raise the funds necessary to complete the construction of a fully functioning six-block maternity and newborn hospital," the statement qoutes Mr Erwin Telemans, CEO, CCBRT as saying.
"If SDC had not made this commitment, we would still be fundraising and our dreams of having the capacity to provide both preventative and emergency services may not have been realized," said the CEO in the statement. The statement further said that CCBRT maternity and newborn hospital will serve as a referral facility for Dar es Salaam and the wider Eastern Zone.
It is part of CCBRT's wider maternal and newborn healthcare programme, which works in 16 facilities around Dar es Salaam focusing on health infrastructure development, training of health service providers, basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care, quality of care and awareness raising.
The new hospital will address the region's most urgent gaps in maternal and newborn healthcare by providing emergency services for high risk pregnancy cases and neonatal care for newborns with complications, said the statement.
It added that the hospital will also have the capacity to provide vital preventative services including outpatient services, increased antenatal and postnatal care, immunisation clinics, family planning sessions and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital is an innovative public-private partnership where the government, development partners and private stakeholders collaborate to improve maternal and newborn services and care.
In his remarks, Switzerland ambassador to Tanzania, Olivier Chave, said CCBRT's technical assistance and training, primary health care facilities and hospitals in Dar es Salaam will be able to deliver better services and care to pregnant women and send complicated cases only to the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital.
He said he appreciates CCBRT effort in ensuring that the hospital would be opened to all women suffering from complications during pregnancy or after delivery and who cannot be treated in the closest health centres or hospitals.
"I am convinced that the USD 5.76 million grant from the Swiss government will contribute towards reducing newborn and maternal casualties, further strengthening the existing referral service delivery system of public hospitals," said the envoy.
Based in Dar es Salaam and Moshi, CCBRT is the largest provider of medical and rehabilitative services for persons with or at risk of a disability in Tanzania. Each year approximately 120,000 people access CCBRT services which include a Disability Hospital (DH), community programmes in and around Dar es Salaam and Moshi (including an obstetric fistula programme and a maternal and newborn health programme), a training programme and an advocacy unit.