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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

A new Secondment Program partner for 2019

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania’s (CCBRT’s) mission is to become a healthcare social enterprise serving the community and the most vulnerable with accessible, specialized services and development programs. Since opening in 1994, CCBRT has grown to become the largest rehabilitation and disability service provider in Tanzania through its ophthalmology, orthopedic and physical rehabilitation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and maternal, newborn and child health services. CCBRT operates the country’s largest obstetric fistula program and is the national leader in clubfoot and cleft lip/palate treatment.

CCBRT has been a partner of the J&J Secondment Program since 2019. Last year, two J&J employees shared their skills and experiences with the NGO in a long-term (4-6 months) roles. This year, three traditional and two lion secondees will use their talent for good to support the CCBRT organization in the field of Leadership & Innovation and Essential Surgery. Our three traditional secondees will support CCBRT in building the process and quality control framework that sets the standards for the operations of the Academy and establish long-term relationships with existing and new partners. Our lion secondees will assist the CCBRT Hospital Executive Committee (HEC) in the development of a comprehensive business plan for the organization.

CCBRT is represented in the United States by the non-profit Kupona Foundation, which liaises with Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson, CCBRT and Kupona have worked together to provide high quality health services to those who need them most in Tanzania, treating over 4,000 women with fistula since 2013, and helping provide vocational training and socioeconomic empowerment support to 100 women who have recovered from fistula. Over the past four years, Johnson & Johnson has enabled business planning and preparations to open a training center at CCBRT, the CCBRT Academy, which is designed to address the shortage of human resources for health in Tanzania and East Africa.


Health workers in Tanzania have limited access to continuing medical education and professional development opportunities, a situation that leads to challenging working conditions, low quality of care and poor health outcomes for patients in need.

The development of the CCBRT Academy is a key feature of CCBRT, Kupona and Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to address this issue, directly supporting and championing people on the frontlines who are at the heart of delivering care, by building both the capacity of health workers at CCBRT and in East Africa more broadly.

CCBRT and Kupona Foundation are excited to build on our long-standing relationship with Johnson & Johnson through the Secondment Program. Ultimately, Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to capacity building for local health workers and the support the Secondment Program provides will enable us to provide even higher quality care to Tanzania’s most underserved and marginalized populations: mothers, newborns and people with disabilities.

Erwin Telemans, CEO, CCBRT