Why maternal and newborn healthcare?
CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital
Capacity Building
Progress

Why maternal and newborn healthcare?

With a maternal mortality rate of 454 per 100,000 live births, Tanzania is one of ten countries that, together, contribute to 61% of all global maternal deaths, as well as 66% of neonatal deaths. For every woman who dies as a result of complications during or arising from childbirth in Tanzania, it is estimated that a further 20 women will develop an injury, infection, disease or disability. 

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in the country, and health facilities are overcrowded and overwhelmed. There are currently approximately 160,000 deliveries in the city each year, and this number will continue to grow as the population of Dar es Salaam expands by a predicted 85% by 2025. Left unaddressed, the maternal and newborn health crisis in Dar will get increasingly more desperate.

In 2007, CCBRT embarked upon a journey to provide comprehensive maternal and newborn healthcare in Dar es Salaam in order to prevent disability and help reduce the unacceptable levels of maternal and neonatal mortality in Tanzania. We want to make sure that childbirth is a cause for celebration in Tanzania, rather than a tragedy. 

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8,000

women in Tanzania die each year due to complications from pregnancy and childbirth

CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital

In 2007, CCBRT entered into a Public Private Partnership with the Government of Tanzania to meet the need for a maternal and newborn referral facility. Construction began on the new CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital in 2011, and today, the facility is in its final stage of construction. Conducting, on average 12,000 deliveries every year, the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital will serve as a referral facility for high-risk and emergency deliveries in Dar es Salaam and the Eastern Zone of Tanzania. With 200 beds, 4 operating theatres dedicated to maternal healthcare and a neonatal unit, the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital will be the largest dedicated provider of maternal and newborn healthcare in Tanzania. 

 

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12,000

deliveries on average every year at CCBRT's Maternity and Newborn Hospital

Capacity Building

In addition to the construction of the new Maternity and Newborn Hospital, CCBRT works with the Regional Health Management team to build the capacity of 23 facilities in Dar es Salaam in an effort to ensure that the wider health system is reinforced in advance of the opening of our new facility. We aim to improve the quality of care, infrastructure, capacity, and skills of midwives and other medical team members to ensure that basic deliveries are conducted at the appropriate level of care in order to avoid congestion in higher level health facilities that should be focused upon emergencies and complicated deliveries. Since we began our capacity building efforts, an increased number of health facilities provide 24 hour comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care, and in 2015, our partner facilities delivered 78,073 babies. Hear from the teams at Buguruni, Mwananyalamala and Buyuni Health Centres to see the impact of this programme so far.

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23

partner facilities in Dar es Salaam working to improve maternal and newborn healthcare