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Over 500 women cured of fistula-CCBRT, Vodacom

15th February 2013
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Erwin Telemans, CCBRT Chief Executive Officer

Valentine’s Day came in style for fistula patients at CCBRT in Dar es Salaam, after they received presents to mark the first anniversary of the Moyo Campaign.

The presents which were donated by Vodacom Tanzania Marketing Department staff included tooth pastes, food stuff, and clothing.

The Moyo Campaign was initiated in the country on  February 14, last year and has recorded tremendous success, having successfully treated over 500 women since then.

Speaking during the visit, Erwin Telemans, CCBRT Chief Executive Officer expressed gratitude to Tanzanians for their continued support to fight the condition, urging them to continue with the commitment.

“It is one year today since the Moyo Campaign was initiated. More than 500 women have successfully been treated through this initiative and I thank Tanzanians for taking it positively. More so, I am grateful to Vodacom for launching this campaign,” he said, adding: “This condition can be cured, so let it be the responsibility of everyone to fight it.”

Today, women in remote areas can receive transportation cash through M-Pesa to CCBRT for treatment. “By 2015, it is estimated that more than 30,000 women will have benefited from this initiative,” says Elihuruma Ngowi, Devices Manager, Vodacom Tanzania.

Launched in 2011 with a sponsored walk with His Excellency, The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the Moyo Challenge raised 8 billion/- (USD 5million) for women with obstetric fistula through the efforts of Vodacom employees and partners in Tanzania.

“Last year we embarked an exciting journey together with CCBRT hospital and the Ministry of health of Tanzania to eradicate Fistula in Tanzania by 2016.

Today is indeed a proud moment for us here at Vodacom Tanzania as we celebrate one year of this partnership because through our technology and commitment to supporting the community in which we do business, we are able restore the dignity of our mothers and sisters.

We are confident that we will be able to provide hope to the 10,000 women or more who continue to live with fistula,” said Vodacom’s Managing Director Rene Meza.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN