In 2007, CCBRT, a Tanzanian NGO, entered into a Private Public Partnership agreement with the Government of Tanzania to establish a specialised maternity and neonatal hospital, to function as a referral hospital to the Dar-es-Salaam Region and the wider Eastern Zone. Intensive planning for the Hospital comprising of six blocks commenced as early as 2007. In this context CCBRT got upgraded to a Regional Designated Hospital.
Due to limited funding CCBRT decided in 2011 to amend the implementation plan for the new construction from a 6-block design to a 4-block Maternal and Neonatal Hospital. Having received commitments for funding from development partners, foundations and private companies, CCBRT started the initial construction works at the end of 2011.
Among the entities which committed to partially finance the establishment of the hospital was the Government of Germany, through KfW Development Bank to contribute to the prevention of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity (including impairment, disability, and PMTCT) in Tanzania. The main objectives of the project are the establishment and operation of the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital with focus on poor women and newborns with complications, and the strengthening of Dar es Salaam’s Eastern Zone public health system by providing quality maternal and newborn health care services.
The Consortium of EPOS Health Management and Mediconsult was awarded a contract to assist the hospital’s Management in the functional review of the 4-block as well as the 6-block hospital designs, including the respective equipment lists.
Having examined the available architectural and engineering drawings in advance, a team of architects and equipment experts undertook a site visit and held intense discussions with the hospital’s Management as well as key medical and technical staff.
Observations related to the design and the functional requirements were discussed with all relevant stakeholders and the summary of findings and recommendations for improvement was presented to the management of CCBRT, as well as to KfW. Subsequent to the integration of recommendations into the plans and completion of the construction works, the hospital will be a super-speciality facility providing specialised maternal care, essential neonatal care, as well as training and mentoring support in Basic and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEmONC and CEmONC).