"Health isn't everything, but without it, everything else is nothing." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
*** Corona emergency aid ***
Our most important goal is to protect the employees and patients of the health center as efficiently as possible from being infected with Covid-19. This is the only way we can maintain medical care through the health center even in these special times. The purchase of protective clothing and hand disinfectants is therefore urgently necessary, please support us!
Tanzania is a country with high levels of poverty among the population. Around a third of Tanzanians still live below the national poverty line. Child mortality is very high and life expectancy averages is less than 64 years. In the south of the country, people live in rural areas from cattle breeding, agriculture and small animal husbandry. The yields are sufficient for your own nutrition, but not for resale. Most of them lack financial resources for medication and health care. In addition to inadequate public health care, counterfeit medicines are also a problem.
Pharmacists Without Borders (Apotheker ohne Grenzen e.V.) supports the health center of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Bernard in Hanga in southern Tanzania. Around 60 patients are treated here every day. In addition to the treatment of common diseases such as malaria and diarrhea, the center also offers medical care for HIV patients. Medical care is supplemented by an eye clinic, a dental consultation and birth preparation for mothers. Since November 2015 there has also been an operating room so that caesarean sections and smaller operations can also be performed now.
Malaria is a very common disease in this region. Children are particularly at risk because their immune systems do not yet have partial immunity. If the tropical disease is not treated, it often ends in death. This is one of the reasons why maintaining the health center and regular supply of medication is so important for the people of the region. Pharmacists Without Borders has been a long-term partner of the center since 2007. The project is a good example of efficient long-term development cooperation.
The activities and measures of Pharmacists Without Borders consist of training local pharmacy employees on the subjects of warehouse management and optimal ordering or dispensing of medicines. We also regularly support drug purchases. This is processed by action medeor in the capital Dar-es-Salaam to ensure the supply of high-quality medicinal products.