Health

Village Africa uses a 3 step approach in its health programme:

1 Prevention – seminars given by qualified personnel in the local languages
2 First aid – supervision of village health workers
3 Emergency trips to hospital.

Seminars are given on many subjects including hygiene, water and sanitation, first aid, typhoid, cholera, malaria, pneumonia, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and childcare. Sessions are held in different villages and for different groupings (including primary and secondary school children as appropriate).

Village Africa shows interactive health DVDs provided by Thare Machi.  Village Africa translated new scripts into Kiswahili for Thare Machi to use throughout East Africa.

Village Africa displays health posters in Kiswahili and English in its health office in Yamba.

Medicine Education Africa (MEA) provides 15 first aid bags with basic medicines every 6 weeks.  Village Africa covers the cost of collecting these bags from Tanga (100km away) and trains and supervises the 15 health workers in 8 remote villages. This partnership started in 2008.

Emergency trips to hospital are provided to villagers, day and night, free of charge.  It is a 3 hour drive on rough terrain and a four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary.  It is a 2 day walk to hospital otherwise. Within its short history, Village Africa has greatly reduced the death rate. Common problems are malaria, pneumonia and complications in childbirth. Many of the patients are babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly. The ambulance service covers Yamba, Milingano and Makanya (a population of 7000 people).

Village Africa assists its permanent staff members with subsistence costs when they need to go to hospital for treatment.

From May 2006-Aug 2018 Village Africa managed Yamba health post until changes in government regulations.

Village Africa takes advice from medical professionals in Tanzania and the UK as necessary.