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ABOUT THIS DESTINATION
Located on the Eastern coast of Africa, Tanzania is known for being home to iconic landmarks such as Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti National Park. Tanzania's economy relies primarily on agriculture, and 76% of the population lives in rural areas. Because of its reliance on farming and lack of infrastructure, Tanzania is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters such as drought, floods, earthquakes and epidemics.
WHY YOU SHOULD COME
Over one third of all households in Tanzania live in poverty, on $1.00 a day or less, and children and rural populations are disproportionately affected. According to UNICEF in Tanzania, “Malnutrition -- most prevalent in young children from poorest or rural households -- is the single biggest contributor to child mortality, with malaria, anemia, pneumonia, diarrhea and HIV and AIDS also being key causes.” Though Tanzania has made great strides in recent years, poverty is still widespread, and the growing AIDS epidemic represents a serious threat. The country's educational system lacks the capacity to keep up with its growing population.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Moshi is a small town located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, with a population of about 200,000. MEDLIFE's partners in the area include the Mailisita Foundation, a US-based nonprofit working in a village just outside of Moshi. The Mailisita Foundation runs an education center for orphans, funded by the income from an adjacent guesthouse, the Stella Maris Lodge. MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic volunteers in Tanzania will stay at the lodge and contribute to the foundation's activities.
At the moment there are only “Mobile Clinic” available for this destination. The clinic will provide basic health services, and also serve as an opportunity to learn more about community needs and make plans for long-term development projects. See an example of Mobile Clinic itinerary* below:
*Each Mobile Clinic team will be divided into four different groups; groups will rotate stations throughout the week.
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