At 52, Mama Tizila would have been considered in the prime of her life in America. In Tanzania, she’s a senior citizen. When she suffered a stroke, she was surrounded by her JBFC family who was able to get her the 30-miles to the nearest hospital. Many of her peers aren’t so lucky. Mama Tizila was able to get help, but the delay in getting her medical attention did take its toll. And she’s now retired.
For our staff, our girls, an accident or a chronic condition is that much more dangerous because of limited access to healthcare. For years, we’ve passed the empty shell of an idle clinic to take our children to the doctor.
In 2012, JBFC is changing that. We believe access to rural healthcare is an important part of our model. So we’re working with the Tanzanian local and regional government to take that empty building and turn it into a functioning medical clinic. This public-private partnership will offer our girls, our students, our community an opportunity to learn about healthy choices, get medicines, and a doctor to turn to in an emergency.
Tanzanian medical professionals will work with volunteers to provide healthcare to this underserved community. To make sure the clinic doesn’t turn into another empty shell, JBFC will charge modest fees for medical services that will be funneled into keeping the clinic operational.
If you’re interested in volunteering at our new clinic, please check out our Volunteers page.
- For every 10, 000 Tanzanians, there’s less than one doctor and one dentist. (World Health Organization)
- For every 1,000 Tanzanian babies born experts estimate 108 will die before their 5th birthday… in rural areas that number climbs to 138.
- Life expectancy is 53 for Tanzanian women.