Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians

by Smart Villages Foundation
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Transform healthcare for >10000 Tanzanians
Rainwater collection at Terrat Dispensary
Rainwater collection at Terrat Dispensary

Dear Friends and Donors,

Firstly, we'd like to thank you for all your generosity over the last four months! It has been needed more than ever. We told you in February that - after 6 months that were relatively free of obvious COVID infections - the situation seemed to be getting much worse in Tanzania. The situation did indeed continue to deteriorate as Tanzania experienced its second, and very serious, wave of the virus. And whilst the rural Simanjiro region in which our work is based was reasonably spared in the first wave last year, this time - despite lack of testing and official diagnosis - it was clear that there was a significant number of COVID-attriburable deaths throughout the region. You will have heard of the death of Dr Magufuli, the President, during the month of March. More tragically for us, our friend, community leader and head of our local partner organisation OMASI, Martin Saning'o Kariongi also passed away from COVID complications on the 1st March.

The COVID wave has now seemingly ended, and has spurred the new President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, to consult on a new COVID strategy for the nation. We were pleased to be able to use your donations to help the Dispensary in Terrat get through this wave, with support including PPE, quick and easy-to-administer lateral flow antigen COVID tests (otherwise impossible for the dispensary to obtain), improving the power system and other clinic facilities, and providing funds for the acquisition of additional lab equipment.

Acknowledging the difficulty and expense for some patients to be able to reach the dispensary to see a doctor (which might involve a journey of more than 10km in each direction, on foot!), we have been working with Dr Tumaini and his colleagues in Terrat on developng and trialling a "teleconsultation" using video calls, to allow patients to see the doctor without needing to leave their villages. Initial feedback has been very enthusiastic, both from patients (time and cost savings) and the doctors as well (ability to deliver better healthcare, reach more of the community, and catch symptoms and problems much earlier on). With your support, we hope to continue to develop this system in coming months, to provide better access to healthcare to more of these very remote rural communities.

If you would like to share this update, and link to the project page on GlobalGiving, with your friends, relatives and colleagues, we, and the people of Terrat village and the surrounding area, will be extremely grateful.

Many thanks for your continued support - we look forward to updating you again soon

Bernie & Team in Terrat

With Dr Tumaini - the Terrat doctor
With Dr Tumaini - the Terrat doctor
Testing the teleconsultation concept near Terrat
Testing the teleconsultation concept near Terrat
New power system in the dispensary laboratory
New power system in the dispensary laboratory
Martin Kariongi working the Maasai community
Martin Kariongi working the Maasai community
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Terrat health centre with new solar power
Terrat health centre with new solar power

Dear Friends,

Just back from another fortnight in Tanzania, so we're able to give you a very timely update.

Firstly, on the COVID-19 situation, the news from Tanzania is sadly not very good. Whilst last time we did report that, since June, cases have been low, unfortunately in recent weeks cases have been increasing again. Tanzania still doesn't officially test COVID cases, or report data, so it's tricky to get reliable data. But anecdotally, cases and deaths are being observed throughout the country - especially in the capital, Dar es Salaam. And tellingly, the government has reversed its earlier decision to ban media organisations from sharing COVID information and advice.

Our local partner organisation in Tanzania is continuing to show leadership on making information and advice on personal and community safety available.

The clinic continues to be busy, but has put the equipment bought with your donations last year to good use. Whilst there we were able to check it over, and make some improvements to the solar power system, with your additional donations from the last few months.

The radio station is now broadcasting 24 hours a day, and is once again able to broadcast COVID safety information in Maa - the local language of the Maasai community.

The coming months are going to be difficult, we think, from the spread of the disease in Africa, so if you are willing to share this continuing appeal with friends and family, the Terrat health community will be able to put them to excellent use.

Best regards, and thank you once again for your generosity

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Simanjiro's wide open spaces
Simanjiro's wide open spaces

Dear Friends and Donors,

Thanks to your generosity, we raised a record amount for this project over the summer, to raise funds for the health centre in the village of Terrat in Simanjiro District, Tanzania, as well as to help keep ORS FM - the local maasai language community radio station - on air, as one of the only ways to get up-to-date health and other information to the remote rural population of the area in their own language.

We're very pleased to be able to share our update report with you from Terrat itself - despite all the international travel restrictions, we have been able to come to Tanzania for three weeks, to spend some time with our project partners up here in Simanjiro. And the good news from Tanzania is that, although there were cases of COVID earlier in the summer, for the past few months there seems to have been very little evidence of the disease here.

Dr Tumaini in the Health Centre here has suggested a list of equipment that would be helpful for  being able to treat the local population generally, as well as for maintaining the centre's preparedness and ability to cope with any future outbreaks. So we're pleased to be able to share the news that the funds you have generously donated will provide the health centre with their first oxygen concentrator machine, suction machine, and fluorescence microscope, as well as a solar power system to help run these without requiring the use of a diesel generator and a new water tank for the clinic.

We sent over supplies of PPE during the summer, and have also brought with us some digital thermometers and pulse oximeters that will be very useful for the health centre going forward. Donations earmarked for the radio station have already helped purchase the diesel required for the generator to keep the station on-air.

But there are still many other supplies and equipment that the doctor, nurses and midwives here need, and as generous donations to this project continue to come in, we will continue to apply them to the priorites that Dr Tumaini and his colleagues identify.

If you would like to share this update, and link to the project page on GlobalGiving, with your friends, relatives and colleagues, we, and the people of Terrat village and the surrounding area, will be extremely grateful.

Many thanks for your continued support - we look forward to updating you again soon

Bernie & Team in Terrat

Sunset over Terrat
Sunset over Terrat
ORS FM radio transmitter under African stars
ORS FM radio transmitter under African stars
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Smart Villages Foundation

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @E4SmartVillages
Project Leader:
Bernie Jones
Abingdon, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
$19,564 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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