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“Caring for life”- medical care and health education of the population from Bugisi Mission area in Tanzania

Bugisi Mission is located in a semi-dessert area in the north-western part of Tanzania in the Shinyaga region. It is one of the most neglected regions of the country in terms of development and education. The mission is located at approx. 220 km from Mwanza, a town located at the Lake Victoria. The outpatient clinic is located within the Bugisi Mission and is run by OLA nuns (Our Lady of Apostoles).

Access to medical care in the Shinyaga region is restricted. Healthcare facilities are many kilometres away from each other, while the primary means of transport is a bicycle. Hence the need of disseminating the knowledge on first-aid, so that as many people as possible would know what to do in a critical situation before it will be possible to go to a clinic.

Direct beneficiaries of the project are the patients of the healthcare clinic in Bugisi as well as the residents of neighbouring villages. The project will also cover the students from the Home Craft school, where first-aid classes will be held.

“Caring for life”- medical care and health education of the population from Bugisi Mission area in Tanzania

The project is implemented in the period from 23 June to 31 December 2014, and the volunteer will stay in the Bugisi Mission in Tanzania in the Shinyaga region from 2 September to 2 December 2014. In that time, she will also participate in the trips to the neighbouring villages.

The project promoter (the organisation that sends the volunteers) is the Society of African Missions, SOLIDARITY Charity and Volunteer Centre, and the local partner (the hosting organisation) is the Society of African Missions, Bugisi Missions – Tanzania. The Life care project is a response to medical care in the Bugisi Mission region.

The objective of the project is to improve healthcare provided to the patients of the healthcare facility in Bugisi by providing access to medical care as well as by providing healthcare education, paying particular attention to first-aid and child nourishment.

Project beneficiaries will include mainly patients of the healthcare clinic, as well as the residents of neighbouring villages. The project will also include first-aid classes held at the local Home Craft school for its female students.

The project contributes to the Millennium Development Goals: Goal No. 4: Reduce child mortality rates, Goal No. 5: Improve maternal health, Goal No. 6: Halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

“Caring for life”- medical care and health education of the population from Bugisi Mission area in Tanzania

Within the scope of the project, volunteer participated in the work of health center in Bugisi, where, in the cooperation with whole therapeutic team, she carried out actions which purpose was to improve the work of the health center.  Her tasks involved working in weekly clinic for children, in pregnant women clinic, assisting in ultrasound scanner laboratory and working on a ward. Volunteer’s work also involved increasing the amount of people getting tested for HIV presence and people participating in actions of the clinic for infected with this virus. The effects of volunteer’s actions was raising the awareness of mothers about proper nutrition of their children.

During weekly visits in local villages, volunteer taught locals about proper nutrition and carried out vaccinations amongst children. Volunteer also supported people leaving in villages for lepers, providing them food and hygienic accessories.

Volunteer’s task was also carrying out trainings about providing first aid, during which she taught girls and women in nearby villages.