International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security


Kupona means 'to heal'

Washington, DC


Kupona Foundation is dedicated to providing high-quality healthcare to vulnerable communities. Founded in 2009, we focus on Tanzania, a country rich in potential but severely impacted by extreme poverty and one of the highest population growth rates globally. Kupona leverages local expertise and takes a comprehensive approach to healthcare, empowering people and communities to realize their potential.

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Executive Director

Susana Oguntoye

Main Address

4801 Queens Chapel Ter NE

Washington, DC 20017 USA


Healthcare, Safe Surgery, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Tanzania





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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What we aim to solve

Tanzania, an East African country known for its breathtaking savannahs, white sandy beaches, and Mount Kilimanjaro, is a country rich in potential but severely impacted by extreme poverty, a challenge compounded by one of the highest population growth rates in the world. Population growth puts immense pressure on healthcare systems. Vulnerable communities, including women and girls, newborns, and people with disabilities, are particularly at risk from a lack of access to high quality, specialist healthcare services. Tanzania has very few specialist healthcare providers in country and only 50% of all healthcare facilities have the skilled staff, modern equipment and supportive infrastructure needed to meet demand for quality surgical care. Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in Tanzania are attributed to a disease or condition that can be addressed by surgical or obstetric care. Every hour, one woman and seven newborns die in Tanzania due to a lack of access to quality care.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Meeting growing demand for safe surgery in Tanzania

Providing life saving care for mothers and newborns

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Our Results

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Number of fistula surgeries performed

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Providing life saving care for mothers and newborns

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Kupona Foundation is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare to those who need it most. Working in partnership, Kupona leverages local expertise and takes a comprehensive approach to healthcare in order to empower people and communities to move beyond the immediate challenges and realize their potential. By 2020, we aim to mobilize $7million to bring health and hope to Tanzanian communities, supporting our local community-based partner, CCBRT, as they: 1) Serve over 470,000 people from vulnerable communities in need of high quality, specialist healthcare, 2) Train over 2,900 healthcare professionals, empowering them with the skills and confidence to save and change lives, 3) Build strong infrastructure and cultivate an environment where medical teams are empowered to provide quality healthcare, and locally led solutions can thrive.

We support solutions developed in-country by local experts, because they are the most effective way to realize opportunities and ensure long term impact. Our community-based partner, CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania), is a leading healthcare provider with over two decades of service to the community and partnership with the Government of Tanzania. CCBRT is a lynchpin in the Tanzanian healthcare system. Focused in the United States, Kupona Foundation mobilizes resources and galvanizes expertise to enable the continuation and sustainable growth of CCBRT's transformative programs. We mobilize financial and in kind support from philanthropists and organizations that share our passion for global health. We also serve as advisors and connectors for CCBRT. Our team brings fresh perspective to daily challenges and reinforces local expertise by partnering with international mentors and technical advisors to support program development and implementation on the ground. In parallel, we use a range of engagement opportunities to shine a spotlight on critical healthcare issues, to increase awareness, amplify the voices and stories of the people we serve, and to show individuals and institutions how they can play a tangible role in making high quality healthcare accessible to those who need it most.

Kupona Foundation presents individuals and organizations with an opportunity to make targeted, constructive contributions to a locally-led organization with more than two decades of experience in providing high quality healthcare services and a proven track record of impact. Kupona Foundation operates with a lean team in the United States. 100% of our resources are dedicated to enabling the continuation and sustainable growth of CCBRT's life changing programs, with 90% invested directly in programs and services for people and communities living in poverty in Tanzania. Our direct partnership with CCBRT enables unparalleled transparency and agility, ensuring that our resources can be directed where the need is greatest, and where there is greatest potential for impact. CCBRT has an exemplary reputation for quality care in the community and a close working relationship with the Government of Tanzania that was formalized by a Public Private Partnership in 2007.

Our success towards our goals between now and 2020 will be measured by the following indicators: 1) The amount of financial and in kind support mobilized in support of our programs in Tanzania (Target = $7m), 2) The number of people from vulnerable communities that receive high quality, specialist healthcare through our programs (Target = 470,000), 3) The number of healthcare professionals trained and empowered with the skills and confidence to save and change lives (Target = 2,900), 4) The successful opening of CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital.

Since Kupona's inception in 2009, we have mobilized over $4.3million to support affordable, high quality treatments for vulnerable people and communities, training for healthcare workers, capital projects, and the investments required to help build a sustainable healthcare system in Tanzania. In that time, and with our support, CCBRT has conducted over 570,000 clinical consultations, delivered over 490,000 babies, and provided over 75,000 life changing surgeries for correctable impairments. Since 2012 (when complete records for our Maternal and Newborn Healthcare program began), an expectant mother's chance of survival has increased by 40%, the stillbirth rate has reduced by 14%, and the premature baby survival rate has increased by 19% (at supported sites in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). Over the last two decades, CCBRT has grown to become the largest provider of disability and rehabilitation services in Tanzania. Starting with 15 community health workers in a small office in Dar es Salaam, CCBRT is now a global leader in specialist disability care, with a 200-bed hospital and a 450 person team providing quality services for patients from across Tanzania. The next step is to support CCBRT with the critical investments needed to ensure they can sustain the provision of high quality care at scale, given the growing demand for their services. In 2019, CCBRT will also open the doors of its new Maternity and Newborn Hospital to patients, a 200-bed facility serving as a referral hospital for emergency and high risk cases. At full capacity, the hospital will provide sexual and reproductive healthcare to more than 15,000 women and girls and high quality care to 12,000 newborns ever year. This milestone places CCBRT at a tipping point, about to significantly scale its operations and embark in a new era of service delivery. Together with our supporters and partners, Kupona is focused on ensuring CCBRT has the resources it needs to meet this challenge.

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