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.