Rapid progress on the construction of a community-requested Pediatric Ward to add to a rural medical dispensary has occurred since summer 2017. We are receiving daily updates from AHEAD local members on the ground in Maruku, Kagera Region, Tanzania as they build the foundation.
Read an excellent new report from our partners in Bukoba here:
Presently, the dispensary consists of a handful of buildings with only one ward- a small room with 10 beds side by side. These are for women with chronic and contagious diseases, as well as children. Also, mothers who have just given birth are housed in the same ward with their newborn babies. Sick children should no longer be hospitalized in a ward with adults suffering from infectious diseases.
The addition of this facility will substantially reduce the mortality which presently in Tanzania is 220/1000 versus in the USA 45/1000. We hope to see a 40% reduction in infant and child mortality in the surrounding areas of the Maruku rural dispensary. Further funding is needed to complete the project. We are also working towards reaching doctors and hospitals for donations of medical supplies and equipment.