Southern Tanzania has the highest poverty rate and poorest health services in the country. TAUS is fundraising to support provision of health services in Southern Tanzania.
TAUS also plan to provide health education through the radio and other outlets.
Social distancing sounds like a new phenomenon, though it has been there for as long as contagious diseases started ravaging humanity – following Adam and Eve fall into sin. The Moses Law (Torat) had strict rules of isolating the lepers to prevent contagion of the deadly disease. Leviticus 13:45-46 says “The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, “Unclean, unclean.” All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.” Ironically and consistent with the CDC coronavirus social distancing guidelines, the leper was supposed to keep a distance of at least 6 feet away from other people when shouting “unclean, unclean.”
Access to health facilities in Tanzania is low even when compared to other Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. There are only about five skilled health workers per 10,000 people in Tanzania. This puts Tanzania as the 10th country in SSA countries with lowest density of skilled health workers. Even though this is an improvement from its level 2010, when WHO placed Tanzania as the sixth country in the world with critical shortage of skilled health workers, the country has a long way to go to achieve its policy targets.
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