Honoring the memory of Jessie Mgeni Wayasa Chiume by building a legacy of high quality, compassionate maternal healthcare for women and girls in Tanzania.
Our family is partnering with Kupona Foundation to raise funds to establish the Jessie Mgeni Chiume Legacy Award, to recognize and support the hard work and commitment of healthcare workers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
A devoted nurse originally trained in Tanzania, Jessie dedicated her life to serving her patients. Jessie’s impact reached from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania all the way to New York, where she served as a head nurse at North Central Bronx Hospital.
The men and women serving on the frontlines of maternal healthcare in Tanzania strive daily to deliver the highest quality of care in incredibly challenging conditions. Approximately 22 women die every day in Tanzania from mostly preventable complications in pregnancy or childbirth (1). This is a heart breaking and frustrating reality for the nurses working so hard to give the best care possible. Jessie understood the challenges they face, and planned to return to Tanzania to share her skills and work alongside her brothers and sisters in the medical field.
The Jessie Mgeni Chiume Legacy Award
The Jessie Mgeni Chiume Legacy Award will recognize the highest performing nurses across the Dar es Salaam region, rewarding them for their exemplary service. In Jessie’s name, we will celebrate their commitment to excellence, and encourage them to strive to provide the best care they can to their patients.
But we need your help. We need to raise $16,000 to establish the award. These funds will help us to manage the nominations, assessment and recognition of the award winners in 2018. Please give generously in memory of Jessie, and help us to establish her legacy.
In celebration of Jessie
Jessie was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1961. In 1981, she graduated with a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery from Bugando Hospital Nursing School in Mwanza and began her career as a nurse in Dar es Salaam.
Jessie moved to New York in 1983 where she obtained her Bachelors of Science from Lehman College, City University of New York in 1989. She earned her Masters in Nursing (MSN) in 2009 from University of Phoenix, and began to specialize in nutrition, maternal, and newborn health. As a Head Nurse for North Central Bronx Hospital, she was known for her diligent work, her kind heart and desire to help people. She was honored by North Central Bronx Hospital with the Nurse of the Year Award in 1996.
Outside of work, Jessie was full of life, and loved to be with her family, friends, and her community. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend and is deeply missed by all who knew her.
When considering how to best honor Jessie’s legacy, we knew that supporting a cause so dear to her heart was the answer. We also knew that we needed a strong partner in Tanzania to make it possible. CCBRT has been a leading healthcare provider in Tanzania for over 20 years. Many of Jessie’s family and friends know the hospital well, and have great respect for the work they are doing to deliver high quality healthcare to the community. We are working with CCBRT, and their U.S. sister organization Kupona Foundation, to design and implement this project, through their comprehensive maternal and newborn healthcare program. More information on the wider program can be found here. Your donations will be directed through Kupona Foundation, a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit, and will be tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the extent allowed by law.
Help us spread the word
We invite you to share Jessie’s story, and this memorial fundraiser, with the people in your life. You can follow the stories of nurses who are being empowered thanks to your generous gift by following Kupona Foundation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Thank you again for standing with us as we celebrate these dedicated healthcare workers, in honor of Jessie’s life and legacy.
The Kanyama Chiume Family
1. Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS) 2010, National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania, April 2011, Dar es Salaam