Foundation for African Medicine and Education
Karatu Malaria & Rural Health Pilot

Tanzania: "Karatu Malaria & Rural Health Pilot" (2009-2011)

Status: Running
Financiering: Donations needed

Project Brief:

The District of Karatu is located in northern Tanzania and has a total population of roughly 220,000. FAME-Tanzania-Masaai-200dpi.gif In Karatu, the leading causes of disease and death among infants and children under the age of five are malaria, pneumonia/acute respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases (MIHV, Child Survival Project, 2007). These statistics are based on the number of consultations and deaths recorded in the district's health services' records. But these data only highlight part of the problem. According to USAID/Tanzania, 'eight out of ten children die at home and six of them without any contact with formal health services'. This is due, in part, to a lack of medical facilities in the most remote areas of the district.

A major shortage of health workers in Tanzania coupled with a mounting health-care crisis across the continent has made it virtually impossible for the medical community to keep up with the community's ever-increasing medical needs. FAME’s mission is to help bridge the gap between a critically underresourced health-care system and first-world medicine.

Goal
The goal of this project is to reduce malaria-related diseases and deaths in Karatu and improve the overall health of communities for which medical care is virtually inaccessible.

Activities
The project addresses:

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1) The overall health of children and pregnant women in remote areas by means of a Mobile Medical Service.

2) The diagnosis and treatment of malaria in remote areas by the Mobile Medical Service.

3) The provision of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and prevention education to all pregnant women and children under the age of five who are treated by the Mobile Medical Team.

Project Report:

Results of the interim report need to be added.