In 2013, almost three out of four patients were referred by M-PESA, and patient numbers at CCBRT increased to such an extent that the capacity of the fistula ward had to be increased.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam, Erwin Telemans, CEO of CCBRT, said: "Tens of thousands of women across the country are living in shame and isolation from this condition, unaware that CCBRT and its partners provide surgery, rehabilitation, transport to hospital, food and accommodation free of charge.
From its inception as a provider of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), CCBRT has grown to become the largest provider of disability and rehabilitation services in the country.
In a public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CCBRT is also in the process of establishing the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital which will be a referral hospital for high risk cases in the region.
President Kikwete included that whilst the government has made various of attempts to minimize maternal and newborn deaths, its sole right to say that CCBRT has improved several lives and brought hope to several people suffering from fistula, cleft mouths and club feet and everyone needs to pursue supporting them.
The CCBRT Chief Executive Officer, Mr Erwin Telemans congratulated President Kikwete for his pivotal role in enhancing maternal healthcare in the nation.