Mo Dewji Foundation joins hands with Tulia Trust for Tulia Marathon in Mbeya

Maternal health care is a serious issue in Tanzania, ranging from the lack of facilities in maternity wards, lack of skilled workforce to the lack of neonatal care in hospitals altogether. All these factors contribute to the many problems Tanzanian women face every day when pregnant.

Hon Dr Tulia Ackson with students from Loleza Girls Secondary School moments before the race started

Hon Dr Tulia Ackson with students from Loleza Girls Secondary School moments before the race started

The Mo Dewji Foundation realized that this was a very big problem, and vowed to create interventions that could assist in creating a better environment for pregnant women. Our journey started in the beginning of 2017 at Sekou Toure Hospital in Mwanza whereby we donated beds, mattresses and bed sheets to the maternal ward that was operating  over capacity, unable to care for the influx of women coming in every day. Through our donation we hoped to improve the carrying capacity of the maternal ward and to provide more a more comfortable environment for women in labor and after.

Our Project Coordinator Catherine Decker, Hon Dr Tulia Ackson, Minister of Information, Culture, Artists and Sports Nape Nnauye and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania Alvaro Rodriguez ready to start the marathon

Our Project Coordinator Catherine Decker, Hon Dr Tulia Ackson, Minister of Information, Culture, Artists and Sports Nape Nnauye and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania Alvaro Rodriguez ready to start the marathon

However our journey did not stop there, this month we were lucky enough to expand our reach to Mbeya together with Tulia Trust, an organization founded by Hon Dr Tulia Ackson Deputy Speaker of the parliament of The United Republic of Tanzania. Our donation will go towards building latrines at Rungwe Hospital in Tukuyu, Mbeya. The maternity ward at this hospital only has one toilet, a condition which is almost unbearable for the amount of women that are in there every day. This donation will go towards improving these health care facilities and improving maternal health care in Tanzania as a whole.

Students from Loleza Girls Secondary School came in numbers to participate too!

Students from Loleza Girls Secondary School came in numbers to participate too!

Women are the foundation of so many communities. Studies have shown that working with women, increasing their income and education, is the best way to positively impact a community. On Wednesday 8th march we celebrated International Women’s day and what better way to honor women around the world than to ensure they have adequate maternal health facilities. Adequate sanitation is fundamental to a healthy and dignified life, it decreases infection rates and furthermore strengthens health systems which is what we aim to do. Therefore increased interventions such as building latrines in maternal wards are key to uplifting communities and strengthening health systems in Tanzania.

Our Project Coordinator Ms Catherine Decker shaking hands with one of the winners of the 21 KM womens Marathon

Our Project Coordinator Ms Catherine Decker shaking hands with one of the winners of the 21 KM womens Marathon

As a foundation we vow to continue doing this good work in improving maternal health care in Tanzania, as the saying goes ‘’empowering one woman means empowering a community’’.

Our Project Coordinator Ms Catherine Decker and Hon Dr Tulia Ackson moments before the race

Our Project Coordinator Ms Catherine Decker and Hon Dr Tulia Ackson moments before the Marathon