…and the legacy of a man who was dedicated to the cause. Increasing access to family planning saves lives.
As our implementing partner, CCBRT, works in partnership with the Government of Tanzania to improve the quality of maternal and newborn healthcare in Tanzania we recognize the importance of integrating Family Planning (FP) into our services. Planned pregnancies are the best way to avoid unnecessary complications in childbirth, and access to family planning services, including contraception and impartial advice, is key to ensuring that families have the information they need to keep mom and baby safe.
Thanks to support from incredible partners including EngenderHealth, PSI, FHI360, Johns Hopkins, the Manchester Family, and generous donations by family and friends, we served 51 clients at Tim’s Corner, our new Family Planning kiosk and clinic, from June-August 2014. Providing affordable and discreet FP counseling, a full range of short-acting and long-acting and reversible contraception methods as well as free family planning information and educational materials, Tim’s Corner exists to provide staff, clients and visitors at CCBRT the opportunity to access the information they need to space or prevent pregnancy. The location of Tim’s Corner makes it even more special. Its location at the CCBRT Disability Hospital means that FP services are brought closer to an audience already facing many barriers in accessing FP services – including our clients who are physically, visually or hearing impaired, and women recovering from obstetric fistula.
The celebration of World Contraception Day is a good opportunity to also celebrate the life of an incredible individual, without whom Tim’s Corner would not exist.
Tim Manchester dedicated much of his life to making reproductive health and family planning available to all, recognizing that addressing the huge unmet need for family planning services would have an enormous impact on the reduction of maternal and child mortality, impairments and disabilities such as obstetric fistula.
Tim’s family, friends and former colleagues raised over $50,000 in memory of Tim – an incredible tribute to a man who was and continues to be loved and deeply missed. Through Tim’s Corner, Tim Manchester will continue to touch the lives of thousands of Tanzanians for generations to come.