After seven years of focus upon Community Based Rehabilitation, it became clear that many conditions with which CCBRT’s clients were living could be corrected with simple surgical procedures. It was unnecessary for so many of our clients to be living with disabilities due to the lack of access to essential surgical care. In 2001, with the full support of the Government of Tanzania, we opened the CCBRT Disability Hospital. After 13 years of service to the people of Tanzania, the reputable 200 bed CCBRT Disability Hospital provides surgical and outpatient services for ophthalmology (eye), obstetric fistula, orthopaedics and reconstructive surgery and anaesthesia. In 2013, CCBRT conducted or facilitated over 11,000 life changing surgeries.
CCBRT remains true to its founding principles of cure before care, young before old, near before far. All children under 5 years of age, obstetric fistula and cleft lip/palate patients are treated free of charge. Other services are heavily subsidised. Financial sustainability is critical to our long-term success, and CCBRT’s Private Clinic is central to this. At the Private Clinic, we see patients who are able to pay more using the same doctors and high quality care, offering them the convenience of appointments and fast track service. This income stream generates revenue that subsidises the treatment of our poorer patients.
CCBRT has not forgotten its roots in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). Our comprehensive community programme, with bases in Dar es Salaam and Moshi, supports the clinical efforts of the Disability Hospital through awareness raising, early identification and referrals, mobile outreach and the provision of rehabilitation and support programmes according to the WHO CBR matrix.
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