Hope and Healing

What keeps you up at night?

October 28, 2016General

Ed Epp, Executive Director cbm Canada

“What keeps you up at night?” That’s what I asked Erwin Telemans, CEO, when I visited his disability hospital (CCBRT) in Tanzania.

He said it was the enormous challenge of funding ongoing services for the crowds of children, moms and dads who line up at his hospital each and every day.

It’s hard to imagine what it is like for him.

It’s one thing to talk about the need and the numbers from over here in Canada. To make difficult strategic decisions to cut programs when there aren’t enough funds. It’s another to have to say “no” to a mom begging you to help her child from across your desk.

So, Erwin has spent the last two years developing a plan to generate a steady, reliable stream of revenue that will allow him to deliver steady, reliable services to the very poorest people of Tanzania.

Let me explain. There’s a growing market in Tanzania for upscale health services designed to serve those with money to pay for them.

So CCBRT is building a private clinic for these patients.  They’ll charge premium prices for premium service (eg. private rooms, scheduled appointments), and they’ll use the profits to fund free, quality treatment for the poorest kids of Tanzania for years to come.

This is a bold and innovative solution to the ongoing and huge need in Tanzania.

If I’ve sparked your curiosity, read more.

The prices CCBRT can charge at the private hospital wing will pay for 60% of the operating costs for the poorest of the poor. Their goal is to provide free medical care for children under five years of age on an ongoing basis who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.