Health

Village Africa encourages good health in the remote villages.

Health Education

Seminars are given by qualified personnel in the local languages.  Many subjects are covered, 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 Education Saves Lives.  Village Africa translated new scripts into Kiswahili for Education Saves Lives to use throughout East Africa.

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

Ambulance Service.

Village Africa’s ambulance service provides emergency trips to hospital for 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).

Patients are usually referred by the doctor or nurse at the government dispensary in Milingano (14 km from Village Africa’s office in Yamba).  The government is currently constructing a dispensary for Yamba.  From May 2006-Aug 2018 Village Africa managed Yamba health post until changes in government regulations.

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

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