From the Field: A Report from Chief Kiboko

We love sharing reports from our program managers, participants, and stakeholders in Tanzania. What follows is from Chief Kiboko (pictured below), a Maasai chief, longtime partner, and advocate for social good. We have worked closely with Chief Koboko over the years as we have established and implemented the Community-Hospital Alliance Program. Below is an exciting glimpse of his most recent report from the field:

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Meet Four of the Most Empowered Women in Tanzania

If you’ve followed Empower Tanzania for long, you know that we provide  tremendous opportunities to advance the rights of women across the globe. Why? Because we believe it’s important to empower women and to lift one another up. Projects that benefit women are crucial and we’re grateful to our staff, program managers, and donors who are exceedingly generous with their time and resources. We’ve spent nearly a decade educating and empowering women across the Same District of rural Tanzania. Allow us to introduce you to four of the most empowered!

Nietiwe

Nietiwe is a successful farmer in our Integrated Farming Program. Her training, skills, and hard work pays for her four children’s school fees, healthy food for her family, and even a motorcycle to use to gather fresh grass for her livestock!

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How do we empower women?

We’re currently in the midst of a Mother’s Day campaign in which we’re working hard to raise $3,000 for our women’s empowerment programming through the sale of some pretty beautiful jewelry made in Tanzania. Because of our generous business sponsor, Onion Grove Mercantile, we’re offering supporters the chance to donate $30, receive a pair of earrings, and be assured that their money will go toward the women of rural Tanzania. Continue reading

Part V: Buy a Band-Aid, Change a Life

This blog post is the final part of a series that takes a closer look at our Community-Hospital Alliance Program (CHAP). In case you missed Part I, Part II, Part III, or Part IV, click on the links to learn about the program’s process and impact. We are currently raising funds for the medical supplies our CHWs and clinics need to operate. Please consider a donation to help sustain this important program.

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Ten Things to Know About CHAP (Part I)

Have you ever wondered how health programs in sub-Saharan Africa actually work? This blog post is part of a series that will take a closer look at our Community-Hospital Alliance Program (CHAP). In just over one year, CHAP has reached over 10,000 people in rural Tanzania and continues to be an integral response to the lack of access to healthcare in this impoverished nation.

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CHAP = Community-Hospital Alliance Program

A Community Health Worker in the new CHAP program learns to take a blood pressure.

A Community Health Worker in the new CHAP program learns to take a blood pressure.

At Empower Tanzania we believe that education changes everything. 

We also have a mission to serve the most vulnerable populations in Tanzania, the people in the extreme rural areas.  Nowhere do these two beliefs come together more than in our newest health program, CHAP.

The Community-Hospital Alliance Program, or CHAP, is a joint effort between Empower Tanzania and Global Health Administration Partners, a program of non-profit Global Health Ministries, that works to enhance administrative practices in medical facilities in Tanzania and elsewhere. Continue reading

The Impact of Improving Women’s Health

woman holding a baby suffering from Malaria.  Malaria is responsible for over 60,000 deaths in Tanzania per year, and is the leading cause of death in children under 5, and pregnant women.

A mother holds a baby suffering from Malaria. Malaria is responsible for over 60,000 deaths in Tanzania per year, and is the leading cause of death in children under 5.

SIGNIFICANCE.

When you donate your hard earned money to a non-profit like Empower Tanzania, you want to know if it made a difference.  Isn’t that what we all want?  To do something significant to improve our world?  Here is a program that is blowing even our minds with its effectiveness and impact! Continue reading

Safe Motherhood

In the Masai village of Nadururu, Tanzania, too many women were dying in childbirth. Tanzania’s maternal mortality rate is 10 times that of the United States, and in a rural area among a minority people it is even worse.

About 2,000 people live in Nadururu, which is 15 miles from a road and has no electricity. The people had no connection to the health system and all births occured at home. If there was a complication, they would start walking or riding a bicycle to the nearest town which is 20 miles away. Most of the time, they died on the way.

One of our teams went to Nadururu to see a school that the village has built with the help of a grant.  The school has since opened, and both boys and girls are attending. While there, the people told us about this terrible maternal mortality problem and asked for our help. We worked with the elders and the women of the village to develop a plan.

Thanks to many generous donations from Supporters of ETI, $10,000 was raised and the project began.  The clinic is now complete and operational, and Empower Tanzania is cooperating with the Maasai village of Nadururu to take steps to reduce its maternal mortality rate.

 

 

 

 

What was $10,000 able to do in Tanzania?

  • Educate six women to serve as birth attendants with a stipend of $15/month.
  • Contract with the nearest health facility for a nurse or doctor to visit Nadururu monthly to perform prenatal and postnatal exams, plus well baby checks.
  • Build a three-room building to serve as a birthing center for the village as well as a place for the monthly visits and future health education programming.
  • Purchase a birthing bed, equipment and supplies for the clinic building.
  • Pay stipends for the six trainees and a supervisor, who will be one of the female elders of the village.

The building was constructed through a joint effort between ETI (roof and joists) and the people of Nadururu (bricks and labor)  The women of the village are also supporting the work of the birth attendants by assuming some of their daily responsibilities.

This model project has been EXTREMELY successful, and is now ready to be replicated in other locations.  In the village of Pangaro, which has a very similar situation to Nadururu, the money has been raised, and the clinic building is almost complete.  The midwives are trained, and we hope to be open for business in mid-2012!

Yes, a lot can be done in Tanzania for $10,000!!! 

 


UPDATE from the Jan, 2012 visit:   The clinic in Nadururu is running, and seeing patients once a month.  It’s an exciting day for the local people, as they gather around the building early in the morning to insure their place in

line!  Dr. Amini does a triage of sorts, seeing the prenatal and postnatal patients first, as well as doing the well-baby care.  When that work is done, he moves on to simple primary care for the village residents, something they have never had available to them before.  He typically works from dawn to dark, and it is very exciting to see this modest little building performing beautifully, doing the job for which it was built.

 

 

Now that the clinic in Pangaro is nearly done, we will begin looking for another location or possibly multiple locations.  This is a model that we have developed well, and that is extremely successful at addressing needs the standard health care system cannot address.  Future expansion is dependent entirely on donations!

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