Tanzania, East Africa at the south end of Lake Victoria.
how big is the town?
The population is estimated to be 70,000 which is a growth of 30,000 people since the inception of SIP. Prior to Urafiki Health Clinic (UHC), no medical services were available in Igoma.
Primarily individual agriculture. Up to 80% of the population is unemployed.
is it politically stable?
Since independence in 1956, there have been no significant problems as there are no dominant tribes. Soviet influence in early years had deterred growth. The current ruling party is considered stable and expected to improve conditions.
THE URAFIKI HEALTH CLINIC (UHC)
when was the uhc completed?
The UHC was completed in May 2003, and opened in September of the same year.
how large is the staff at UHC?
The clinic opened with 8 staff in 2003. Currently there are approximately 40 staff operating 24 hours daily, seven days per week.
The construction of the Mother Child Care center a 10 years ago provides basic hygiene & education for mothers and their newborns.
A new minor theatre for surgeries, eye and teeth care has been completed and will aid in overall health and income for the community at the UHC.
Residents of Igoma can not be declined treatment. Residents usually pay a small fee for consultation and medicines however SIP has established a caveat that no one can be declined treatment if unable to pay.
what about hiv/aids?
A major problem in Africa. It is estimated that in Tanzania 12% of women are infected and that 70,000 children are born each year HIV positive while another 180,000 are exposed to it from their mothers in other ways (breast milk). Many of the illnesses treated at the clinic are secondary to the real cause - HIV which lowers the bodies immunity and resistance to other illnesses and viruses.
The Mother Child Care Center, which is headed up by a Licensed Public Health Nurse enables UHC to provide a Public Health education program that encourages residents to accept and integrate this teaching into their lifestyles.
where do we get staff?
Doctors and Nurses are Nationals. Turnover has been a problem so we are working at increasing salaries to reflect the current cost of living and stay competitive with government salaries.
what does sip provide?
SIP completed the clinic building, provided medical equipment and medicines for its opening in September 2003. SIP continues to fund the purchase of medical equipment and supplies for clinic operations and provides the salaries of staff at the clinic. In conjunction with other organizations, SIP work teams travelling to Igoma have delivered medicines to the clinic. To date, the value of these medicines has exceeded $100,000.00
SIP introduced a multi-faceted educational program that includes vocational and medical training tuition aid to young adults as well as secondary school tuition aid for students who would otherwise be unable to afford to continue their education.
Since inception, and as an ongoing project, SIP has provided over 7,500 mosquito nets to Igoma residents. Our goal is to provide 500 per year as funds become available.
SIP also works with Elephant Thoughts (http://www.elephantthoughts.com), an international charity based in Collingwood, ON working at schools in Igoma to provide potable water to the neediest schools in the area.
How are funds raised?
All funding is provided through donations and fundraising programs such as our Annual Dinner and Auction. The past 2 years SIP has been afforded $1000-$2000 for the purchase of mosquito nets through the grants and donations program offered by the Town of Stouffville.
How are the funds used?
SIP has its own charitable number. Administration is kept to a bare minimum (approximately 7-10%). Donors can be assured that funds go directly to the project. Work teams travel to Igoma at their own expense and all board members and members at large are volunteers.