Poverty leads to diseases and diseases lead to poverty. Who is caught in such a vicious circle of poverty and illness in a country like Tanzania can hardly escape it without any outside help. For most people health insurance is too expensive and services do not cover all treatments so that many locals cannot afford going to the doctor. Minor diseases, which could be treated easily, can rapidly develop into chronic and life-threatening illnesses as a consequence.
Malaria serves as a good example: Within the first few days, medicine is relatively cheap and the disease is easy to treat. However, if you wait longer, it usually becomes necessary to stay in the hospital for getting intensive and expensive treatment. If you do not treat malaria or if you start treatment too late, it can even lead to death.
Acces to health care
We want to provide access to health care for people living in Rulengee/Ngara region - independent from their income and for that time period which is needed for a full recovery.
Knowledge about diseases and their prevention
The goal is that people understand why they or people from their social environment felt sick and how they can prevent this in the future.
Maintaining or improving the living conditions
Falling sick should not be the cause for further impoverishment of people who already belong to the poorest of the region.
How do we want to achieve this?
We fund the treatment costs for people who can not afford them. The majority of these treatments are lifesaving.
Aftercare and prevention
For maintaining the health state in the long-term, the Tanzanian team of Kivuko supervises the clients until their full recovery. Mentoring the clients in their daily life is also crucial for prevention of further diseases.
The social environment is a crucial component for health. Kivuko evaluates the situation and is working on solutions together with the clients. They tackle questions such as: Who can offer support? Who can regulary look after patients? How can risks be minimized together?
And how does this look like?
Until January 2021, more than 145 patients could be treated through the health fund of Kivuko. The majority of the treatments was lifesaving. Get insights into the work of the Tanzanian team who grew up in Rulenge or live there since many years: