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Tanzania

In Tanzania, your support is building independence and security for a marginalised and often forgotten group of leprosy-affected people

For many years, TLM, in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika, has provided funding, staff or other support to Hombolo Leprosy Hospital, near the capital, Dodoma. During the last decade, teams from Northern Ireland have visited regularly to help build houses for leprosy-affected families in Samaria, the leprosy village next to the hospital.

How TLM is helping change lives in Tanzania

  • Hombolo Hospital

    TLM NI continues to give financial support to Hombolo Hospital and its outreach activities. The work includes the identification, treatment and referral of villagers with symptoms of leprosy, TB, HIV and other diseases.

    Your support has enabled a new eye clinic to be opened at the hospital recently.

      Hundreds of patients with eye disease are benefitting from the new eye clinic every year 

  • Community Health Education Programme

    Outreach teams the Community Health Education Programme (CHEP) screen sick villagers who cannot travel to the hospital because of their illness or infirmity, and provide information on health education within the villages and local schools about major diseases and how to avoid them. There are also several self-help groups of people living near Hombolo Hospital. These groups help the members to establish livelihoods, and learn how to advocate for their rights, with TLM’s support.

    During 2018, CHEP focused on seven villages in the Dodoma district and four new villages where it was believed there may be new cases of leprosy.

    In 2018:

      9,528 people benefitted from access to mobile clinic services 

      67 new cases of leprosy were detected

     

    In addition, during 2018, your generosity enabled us to support further outreach work:

    • 18, 811 people attended community health education seminars, facilitated by over 30 trained volunteers. As a result, 2,129 people came forward for screening and 545 people reported to clinics for further treatment. 
    • Human rights training helped 34 families to secure health insurance coverage from Dodoma City Authority.
    • 11 self-help groups were formed and basic food supplies were provided to all residents in Samaria (300 people)
    • 317 people were given training on advocacy and human rights.

     

  • Life-giving water

    Your support has given residents in Hombolo a fresh and much-needed addition to village life; a new borehole which is happily producing lots of safe, clean water for this community. It’s making a huge difference to the lives of leprosy-affected people and helping improve overall hygiene.

  • Strong foundations

    TLM NI has been instrumental in providing new houses for leprosy-affected families over the last few years. In 2018 the 26th house was completed and work started on houses 27 and 28 with the aim for these to be completed in 2019.

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