Networking the Right to Health

Based in Mwanza, Tanzania our aim is to provide the elderly with access to effective health care and empower them within communities. Our first project involves establishing health training to develop awareness on elderly care methods in their homes and communities. With a lack of public resources and public knowledge on what skills can assist elderly livelihoods, training effectively enables the elderly to receive high-quality care from community/family members. Training programmes will be for community members; function over a week; receive certified qualification; and provide the course members an opportunity to develop skills further - providing health-care employment.

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

Tanzania House of Hope has a vision of enabling an inclusive right to health. Through different stages Tanzania House of Hope (THH) are creating partnerships and networks to enable support for an aging population in Mwanza, Tanzania. We are promoting our vision by bringing health care into communities; and by building a model whereby access to high-quality, and affordable, health care is provided by sharing knowledge and building skills. 

Founded on the principles of ‘access’, ‘support’, and ‘empowerment’, we draw attention to recognising the experiences of elderly groups and how to sustainably enhance the quality of life for elderly people in Tanzania. With an ageing global population research continues to provide investigation into crucial caveats of social policy – including concerns with poverty, pensions systems, health care, and employment. However, practical solutions remain limited and fundamental. As Tanzania continues to progress through a ‘demographic transition’, showcasing increased life expectancy, it needs to be recognised how such populations can be integrated into developmental opportunities and offered social support.

Through understanding elderly livelihoods and the aspirations they possess THH is establishing projects in 3 broad areas.

1. Training and Network establishment. 

  • Health is recognised, and advocated, as a universal right. We are providing health care training programmes in our Care Home to enable community members to gain valuable care skills and an awareness of how to support elderly livelihoods. Networks will be established to hospitals and research institutes of which will provide facilities to train, share knowledge, and enable access to practical equipment. Training and established networks will enhance awareness on how to care for the elderly (i.e. mental and physical health care, nutrition, excercise, and movement); and crucially provide a base to put care for an ageing population on the agenda. Further, trainining provides an opportunity to break the cycle. By obtaining trained skills and practical knowledge, the community members have access to new employment opportunities and will be given an option to become Care Workers in THH's Care Home.

2. A Functioning Care Home.

  • Enabling health as a universal right requires reimagining the space we provide care. THH's Care Home is based on providing excellent care - accessible, affordable, and of a high-quality, and shelter - nutritional food and a safe space. 

3. Contemporary 'Pen Pals'.

  • Finally, once our Care Home is established we will continue to establish 'global networks'. We want to encourage people across the world to visit Mwanza, connect and integrate with the communities, trainees, employees, and elderly groups. 

The funding raised through Crowdfunder is key to kick-start our vision. Funding will be used for our first-stage project providing Training and establishing Networks. We have provided a guideline of how far your contributions will go:

  • £5 - We can buy teaching tools (i.e. notebooks, pens, papers...) 
  • £10 - £50 - We can buy medical equipment for practical sessions (wheelchairs, crutches, walking sticks, Zimmer frame...)
  • £50 - £100 - We can get access to certified qualifications and networks in key health institutions, using funds to pay for the trained professionals wages.
  • £100 - £200 - We can use funded money to pay for renting the Care Home.
  • More than £200 - We can equip the Care Home with necessary facilities including beds, hoists, test equipment, and nutritional food.