CCBRT supports 23 health facilities in maternal, newborn healthcare

09Nov 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
CCBRT supports 23 health facilities in maternal, newborn healthcare

THE Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) has managed to reach 23 public health facilities in maternal and newborn health care in Dar es Salaam since 2010.


According to a statement issued yesterday, CCBRT achieved this in collaboration with Dar es Salaam Regional Health Management Team, Five council health management teams, and hospital management teams.

“This month, CCBRT celebrates 25 years of providing quality care to those living with a disability or at risk of developing a disability. Recognising that prevention is more impactful than treatment and that safe births prevent lifelong disability, CCBRT began providing comprehensive interventions to the maternal health system in Dar es Salaam in 2010,” a statement reads in part.

“At this milestone, CCBRT thanks and recognizes the efforts of the 23 public medical facilities it supports across the region, and reflects on the successes of the partnership.”

“CCBRT believes in collaboration between partners to achieve the goal of reducing maternal and neonatal deaths. The achievements in strengthening the health system are largely due to the excellent relationship and support from the Regional and Municipal authorities,” said Yohana Kasawala, Capacity Building Programme Operations Manager.

“Now, facilities are better equipped, and changes made to both infrastructure and staff capacities have made safe, quality care accessible for mothers and newborns,” he said, adding:

“Systems, such as the referral system, have been strengthened to decongest facilities. Facilities are collecting more accurate and robust data, using sophisticated systems such as the Perinatal Problems Identification Programme (PPIP) which helps clinical staff to understand and prevent neonatal deaths.

The availability of blood is improving, ensuring that women and neonates will always be able to receive donated blood in the case of an emergency. Leaders are engaged and take ownership over Quality Improvement systems.”

“Together with its 23 partner facilities, CCBRT is counting every death and making sure every death counts. Death audits are a valuable tool in ensuring continuous learning and the sharing of best practices. These interventions have lowered the maternal mortality rate in Dar es Salaam, and will continue to do so.”

“Despite these achievements, we have a long way to go and CCBRT will continue to work towards improving maternal health outcomes in Dar es Salaam until all women have a safe, dignified, and comfortable birth experience. Starting next year, CCBRT will also support this objective with the addition of its own Maternal Hospital, which will handle 12,000 deliveries per year,” he said.

He added: “As CCBRT celebrates its first 25 years of service and prepares for the next 25, the organisation thanks the clinical staff of its partner facilities for their continued passion for and dedication to providing the highest quality care and safe deliveries. “Together, we will see a day where every woman can expect a safe and joyous pregnancy and delivery. Many thanks for your support and collaboration on this lifesaving work.”

In another development, in a public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CCBRT is also in the process of establishing the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital which will be a referral hospital for high risk cases in the region. Together the Maternity and Newborn Hospital and the existing Disability Hospital form the Super Specialist Hospital for the Eastern Zone of Tanzania. CCBRT’s vision is a Tanzania where people have access to quality disability services as well as safe maternal and newborn healthcare.

“We are happy with the On Job Training approach used by CCBRT because it builds skills and knowledge of healthcare providers and this is also for sustainability,” said Dr Ndeniria Swai, Dar es Salaam Regional Health Management Team (RHMT) member.

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