Kupona and Direct Relief



Enabling access to high quality healthcare is the driving force behind everything we do at Kupona Foundation. Our sister organization, CCBRT, has a 20-year legacy of providing exemplary care for people with disabilities in Tanzania and has a strong reputation for quality services in the Tanzanian community. Safeguarding this quality is vital, not only to the lives of patients, but for the continued success of the entire organization.

Photo credit: Dieter Telemans

Photo credit: Dieter Telemans

Kupona is, therefore, delighted to announce a new partnership with Direct Relief, facilitating vital equipment and systems upgrades to CCBRT’s operating theaters. This investment will allow CCBRT to continue to provide high quality surgical care for thousands of patients with correctable impairments every year, including 550 fistula patients expected to receive care in 2015. Upgraded equipment will also enable CCBRT to provide better training opportunities for surgeons from across the continent.

“We are, of course, very excited that Direct Relief has committed funding for these vital systems and equipment upgrades. But this partnership doesn’t begin and end with a financial contribution. Direct Relief has vast experience in supporting healthcare providers in developing countries, and a well respected in-kind donation program for essential medicines and supplies, which we expect to begin soon. I’m particularly encouraged by the potential that this partnership has to make a significant contribution to the development of the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital as we enter the final phase of construction and focus upon detailed plans for opening and managing the new facility.”
– Abbey Kocan, Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

Direct Relief is a California-based non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care. They are the latest member of Kupona’s ecosystem of donors, doctors, academic institutions and partners who convene to support CCBRT as they build a brighter future for children, families, and communities for generations to come.