2017 started on a very positive note for Mo Dewji Foundation. The 5th of January was a very monumental day for us as we kicked off our first donation of the year!
Mo Dewji Foundation donated mattresses, beds and bed sheets worth TZS 25 million to the maternity ward at Sekou Toure regional hospital in Mwanza. It was a great privilege for the foundation as Ms Barbara Gonzalez , head of the Mo Dewji Foundation and Ms Catherine Decker had the opportunity to go to Mwanza to handover the donation to the regional hospital.
Tanzania faces high death rates of new born babies and mothers which is a large area of concern. Every year about 32% of all under 5 deaths occur within the first 28 days of life. These deaths occur in a context where about half of all births take place at home, in unhygienic conditions, in conditions that make mothers and their new born children susceptible to complications and diseases. A big reason for this is because of the lack of facilities as small as beds at their nearest hospital, or the lack of a hospital altogether. Something as simple as a bed could make a big difference in the number of child births in Tanzania.
The conditions during delivery and new born care are thus key in ensuring the lively hood of children. As a foundation we hoped to create an intervention that would assist with this ongoing issue in Tanzania. Change needed to be made and Sekou Toure hospital is where we decided to begin this long journey to improve the facilities in maternity wards for women in Tanzania.
Mo Dewji foundation hopes that these beds will increase the carrying capacity of Sekou Toure Hospital. In addition to this we would like to thank Sekou Toure Hospital for the good work they have been doing, as a foundation we hope that we can continue to improve the landscape of maternity health care in Tanzania, one hospital at a time.