Let's Put Solar Power in a Health Centre in Tanzania
Let's Put Solar Power in a Health Centre in Tanzania

The Mwisi village is located in the Singida region of Tanzania. It is one of the poorest regions in the country. The Mwisi health centre provides primary health care to around 10,000 people from the remote villages of Mwisi, Lighwai and Ujaure. It is staffed by two nurses. Services include, emergency care, HIV tests, malaria diagnosis and treatment, family planning and maternal services. 174 babies were born in Mwisi from January - October 2012 and all left the dispensary alive. This is pleasing because unlike developed countries, Tanzania has a very high rate of maternal mortality with 23 women dying from birth related complications and 228 babies dying every day.

Presently babies born at night and emergencies are attended to by the dim light of kerosene lamps as there is no electricty. As an interim measure the  staff have been provided with head torches. The fridge used to store drugs is powered by gas. When the gas runs out a volunteer must strap the gas bottle to his bicycle and ride to a petrol station. New dispensaries are constructed with solar power and many existing dispensaries are upgrading. To continue to enable safe births at Mwisi and as a thank you gift for the great job the nurses are doing, this fundraiser will install solar power in the Mwisi heallth centre.

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