Healthcare and HIV programme in Tanzania
Inadequate healthcare services in the rural regions of southern Tanzania and the high prevalence of the HIV virus present major challenges for Tanzanian society. Mission 21's partner churches (the South and South-West Provinces of the Moravian Church in Tanzania (MCT)) are heavily involved in these areas. They operate healthcare facilities and contribute to the fight against HIV, and they also work to combat the stigmatisation of those affected by the virus. Their activities include carrying out educational work, implementing preventive measures, and providing care for the sick as well as support for the growing numbers of orphans whose parents have died of AIDS. Mission 21 supports its partner churches financially and by seconding experts.
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• Providing and improving basic medical care (including naturopathic medicine) in rural areas through the mission hospitals and pharmacies
• Renovation and modernisation of hospital infrastructure in Isoko and Mbozi
• Ongoing training for medical and nursing staff (in the hospitals)
• Basic and advanced training for project staff
• Training courses on sex education, nutrition, drug abuse and non-communicable diseases
• Training courses on gender-specific violence and violence towards children
• Awareness-raising work and educational campaigns on preventing the most frequent diseases
• Support and care for HIV-positive individuals
• Activities to promote income for people with HIV
• Purchase of an ambulance for the mission hospital Mbozi
• Deployment of a trauma surgeon at Mbozi Mission Hospital in collaboration with the Moravian Mission Society in Germany
Outlook: expanding the project
This project is to be expanded during its current phase (2019-2021). The expansion of the project aims to continue improving the quality of healthcare services and to develop the available range. If sufficient financing is available, it is planned to renovate and modernise the hospitals, and to press ahead with installing stable supplies of power and clean drinking water. The mission hospitals and the healthcare facilities linked to them are also to be supplied with additional medical equipment that is urgently needed. As another step, an ambulance vehicle will be procured for the Isoko Mission Hospital. Access to the mountainous region around Isoko is difficult; in an emergency, the ambulance will ensure that patients in remote areas can be reached quickly so they can receive medical care.