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Philly Tech Needs To Help Africa

From: Rohan
Sent on: Sunday, February 5, 2012 1:07 PM

Hi Everyone,

I, along with your fellow Philly tech entrepreneurs Jameel Farruk and Nick Smoot, provide pro-bono consulting to the Kupona Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports a comprehensive health care system in Tanzania. Some of the ways Kupona impacts Tanzania is through a surgical hospital, community rehabilitative and advocacy programs, and maternal and newborn health programs.

Below I will share with you more of the Kupona story, but the bottom line is that their website,, is in desperate need of a facelift. That is where you come in. We want it to appropriately convey the great work that Kupona and CCBRT are doing. This is an open call to designers and web developers--we would love to speak with you if you would like to help Kupona and CCBRT, and in turn help address health care for those in need in Africa. If you cannot lend web design/development expertise, but would like to get involved with Kupona, please reply to this email as well.

Here is additional information about Kupona:

Kupona directly supports CCBRT, which is the largest provider of rehabilitative healthcare in Tanzania and has an established record of high-quality direct medical care since 1994. Every year, around 120,000 adults and children with disabilities and their caregivers achieve a better quality of life through CCBRT services.

We are especially excited about CCBRT’s new Baobab Maternity Hospital Program, which is also a priority for Kupona. This program is part of an unprecedented public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania and includes both capacity development at existing health care providers in Dar es Salaam and the establishment of a regional level 210-bed hospital facility. Baobab will address the major challenge of high maternal and newborn mortality and disability rates (see fact sheet). Because of this collaboration with the government, Baobab is sure to become an innovative and replicable model for providing comprehensive women’s health care at the regional level in Africa. We know that by improving women’s health care in Africa, we can save thousands of lives, reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and prevent the occurrence of disabilities. The cumulative effect can bring transformational changes to families, villages and entire communities.

Thank you for you time and we hope you get involved.


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