In a country faced with such varied health hazards as malaria and HIV-AIDS, health issues are high on the Church’s agenda for transforming people’s lives. In recent years, annual deaths from malaria alone have been reduced from 120,000 to 60,000 and the main factor in this dramatic reduction is the increased use of mosquito nets. This section highlights church initiatives in this and in other areas such as the underlying risks to health caused by chronic malnutrition and limited access to a safe water supply.
Water is precious everywhere, but in Tanzania even more so. It rarely comes via a tap, but when it does so precautions are necessary. With 475 teenagers on campus, Issenye High School makes sure that not a drop is wasted by attaching padlocks to its standpipes! Mara Diocese, which owns and manages the school, was fortunate in attracting funding from the nearby Grumeti Hotel for its water supply and students now rarely have to go down to the spring for this most necessary of commodities. Their water is safe from contamination.
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Health care in Tanzania is often thinly spread, with patients frequently having to walk long distances to get treatment. Issenye’s Health Centre offers a service to Mara Diocese’s 475 High School students, their teachers and ancillary staff, and to the people of the surrounding communities. The latest addition to its buildings is this almost completed MCH, or Mother and Health Care unit. Here, mothers will bring their children for vaccination, weighing, and general health checks. The unit is separate from the main buildings, so protecting its young visitors from risk of infection from poorly patients.
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Mugumu Safe House
This is the most challenging programme of my twenty years as a bishop”. These words were spoken by Bishop Hilkiah about a Safe House in Mugumu in the Serengeti district. Populated by the Kuria tribe, who still practise the abominable act of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the Safe House and its associated programmes provide support for girls fleeing their homes to escape the horrors of this brutality. Opening its doors on 6 December 2014 before the biannual ‘season of cutting’, the house was built to accommodate 40 girls, but as it turned out, 134 girls made their way there.
FGM is illegal. Mara Diocese is working hard alongside the government to combat this practice through its educational programmes - educating tribal leaders, families and girls. It is also raising awareness of the Safe House. “My life has a future”, one young girl at the Safe House remarked, “I am learning new skills: computing, tailoring and cooking.
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