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Tanzania: Alarm as Arusha Sewage Chambers Now Produce Dead Babies

Arusha — WHEN the murky sewage waters flow from Arusha chambers into the waste stabilisation lagoons in the southern parts of city, they usually carry with them some horrid deposits; dead babies.

Residents of Lemara Ward where the four sewage lakes are located are now calling for help, lamenting that bodies of dead cherubs keep being fished out of the large dams daily.

Mr Karim Mushi, the Ward Representative at Lemara, admitted that dead babies are indeed being fished from the sewage dumps in the area on regular basis. However, Mushi added that they usually flow into the area via sewage pumps that channel sewage fluids into the tanks. “But the babies do not originate from Lemara,” stated the Councillor.

Mr Fabian Maganga, the Water Engineer at the Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sewage Authority (AUWSA), admitted that the liquid Waste Stabilisation Points in Lemara area are constantly getting blocked and more often than not, the problem becomes bodies of dead babies either dumped or flushed into the waste system.

The Authority manages the waste deposit tanks (dams) at Lemara and of late is has been facing challenges of increasing number of dead children in the lagoons.

According to Mr Maganga, the dead babies usually get trapped at the filter points that sieve off solid waste from entering the tanks and once fished out; they get taken to the Regional Hospital for other processes to take place.

The AUWSA officer said it was becoming serious problem as this means an average of 50 babies meet this horror end every year at Lemara. Causes of the newborn children usually become tricky to identify because the bodies are always badly decomposed and falling to bits.

Remnants of dead babies are also being discovered at the Muriet dumpsite where all the town’s garbage get deposited, these, however, are usually in pieces because dogs tear them apart.

But the baby-haunting nightmare of Arusha doesn’t end there; the Regional Hospital of Mount Meru has, on the other hand, been handling a similar figure; that is four children aged less than 15 years who get taken to the medical centre every month after suffering brutal and serious cases of sexual defilement.

“Between January and September this year, more than 30 cases of children aged below 15 years who were raped, sodomised or suffered other forms of sexual defilement were reported here some in critical condition,” said Dr Eliza Bura who handled such matters at the Mount Meru Hospital.

“Sexual defiling cases against babies are becoming notorious in Arusha; they not only threaten children lives, but also affect them psychologically; this is not an attack on babies, but some kind of warfare against the entire nation if the country is to produce such youth to lead the future”, said Dr Bura.

The Medical Expert pointed out that, the situation is being made worse due to the fact that many of the brutal acts against children are performed by close relatives or parents themselves thus it gets difficult for the law to take its course because such cases are normally solved under mutual agreements at family levels.

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Tanzania: Shinyanga Villages to Get Water, Electricity Soon

Shinyanga — THE government has set aside 3.6bn/- for the implementation of the second phase of Lake Victoria water project which will benefit over 46 villages in Solwa constituency.

Solwa Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Ahmed Ally Salum told a Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) delegation led by Secretary General, Mr Abdulrahman Kinana who are on a three-region tour of the Lake Zone that upon completion the project will solve water problems in the area.

He was speaking at Mwabenda Village in Solwa Ward, Shinyanga Rural District after some villagers put up a blockade to halt Mr Kinana’s motorcade and seek answers on various issues of concern in the area.

The villagers also held placards reading ‘maji’ (water) and ‘umeme’ (electricity) as they wanted CCM leaders, which is the ruling party, to explain on plans in addressing the two thorny issues.

“The government has set aside 3.6bn/- for the second phase of Lake Victoria water project and Mwabenda village will be among the first villages in my constituency to benefit. 46 other villages are also set to benefit from the project,” he said.

Concerning electricity, Mr Salum noted that the village will be connected to electricity by November, this year.The Shinyanga Regional Commissioner, Mr Ally Rufunga added his voice to the matter saying that all villages located in the radius of 12 to 15 kilometres from the main water pipe will be connected.

“You’re very right to block the motorcade and this is due to the fact that you were not well informed about the two issues you have raised, but I can assure you that by November, this year water will be supplied in this village,” he said.

Mr Kinana thanked villagers for their understanding, assuring them that the government will fulfil all the pledges made by CCM in the party’s election manifesto.

Meanwhile, government leaders at all levels have been urged to shun unnecessary bureaucracy and go out to people and explain in detail on plans to address problems they are facing.

Mr Kinana said this while addressing a public rally at Salawe area in Shinyanga Rural District, Shinyanga Region on Wednesday evening.

“Too much bureaucracy is a hurdle in implementing various projects in the country and CCM will like to see government leaders acting more proactively and making regular tours in explaining to the public on plans and progress,” he said.

He added that government leaders should not wait to escort the president or prime minister during their tours, but they should instead engineer own tours to explain issues under their respective ministries or agencies.

Earlier, Mr Kinana launched various projects in Solwa constituency which included a modern market and a borehole in Didia Village and a hospital in Iseramagasi area.

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Tanzania: Adra’s Project Benefits Manyara Residents

Arusha — NEARLY 10,000 households in Babati District, Manyara Region, have benefitted from the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation project being executed by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Tanzania.

According to the President of Tanzania Union Mission for the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), Dr Godwin Lekundayo, the so-called WASH project is meant to enhance access to clean and portable water for the vulnerable population as well as reducing water-borne diseases through sensitization and community training.

The project has helped to also build toilets for rural Babati households that previously didn’t have any and schools that either needed more or new ones.

“Through the project, ADRA has installed eight giant water tanks, capable of holding 200,000 litres, to ensure regular supply of the precious liquid to local villages,” said Dr Lekundayo during the just ended East and Central Africa ADRA Regional Programme Strategic Planning Workshop.

The TUM President added that, under the same WASH project in Babati, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency managed to construct 20,000 latrines at household levels and in local schools around the remote areas of the district.

With its headquarters in Usa-River, Arusha, the Adventists Development and Relief Agency has managed to reach out to 3.6 million, vulnerable and displaced populations in Tanzania with an integral support in the last five years.

ADRA’s programmes, according to Dr Lekundayo, are mapped within Water and Sanitation, Economic empowerment, Education and Adult Literacy and these were mainly being executed in the Northern Zone regions of Tanga, Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro.

“We have taught appropriate farming techniques to more than 185,250 people with 51 per cent of them being females and at the end of the teachings, each participating family had a kitchen garden, knew the importance of eating balanced diet, drank boiled and clean water and had properly kept latrines,” said the SDA head.

According to Dr Lekundayo so far, there are 5,572 households in Kilimanjaro Region alone with developed ‘home kitchen vegetable gardens’ and water catchments systems.

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Tanzania: ‘Mwanza Wastes Too Much Water’

Mwanza — THE Minister for Water, Prof Jumanne Maghembe, has advised workers in his ministry to work hard so as to achieve the targets of the “Big Results Now” (BRN) motto.

Speaking in the city of Mwanza at the weekend, the minister, who was inaugurating the Mwanza Urban Water Sanitation Authority’s (Mwauwasa) new board, said that it will be useless for the workers within his ministry to think that achievements will drop in without working hard.

“We, in government, agreed to work hard in order to implement the BRN slogan and according to me the big results should come now and not tomorrow. We must all work hard in order to end water blues in our country,” he said.

The BRN concept, which was unveiled in February, this year by President Jakaya Kikwete, is a part of the government’s efforts to transform the country from low to middle income economy.

It was adopted from the Malaysian Model of Development and was supposed to be implemented at the beginning of this year up to the end of next year. The initiative aims at adopting new methods of working under a specified time frame.

The upshot is delivery of the required development in the country. The minister challenged the Mwauwasa management to curb losses of water. He said that the 37 per cent of the water which is lost should be minimised despite the difficulties the authority is facing.

“In other countries the water infrastructure is under the control of the private sector. But in our country, the government built the water infrastructure and handed it to you. Yet you failed to deliver despite the many incentives you receive from government,” he said.

The minister threw the challenge at Mwauwasa after the Executive Director with the authority, Eng. Anthony Sanga, said that the loss of water in Mwanza has reached 37 per cent.

“We are now trying to change our water meters. We believe that they perform below standard. We are now connecting more accurate, higher capacity,” the Mwauwasa director said.

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Tanzania: Ministry to Follow Upon Water Projects

Dodoma — THE Ministry of Water will follow up to obtain more information and probably take action over some wells dug by the Dar es Salaam Water and Sewerage Authority (DAWASA) that are reported not functioning as expected in some parts of Dar es Salaam Region.

Deputy Minister for Water, Dr Binilith Mahenge said that the Ministry will follow up on the matter as well as maintaining the speed of water projects implementation in 10 villages in all district councils, as earlier planned.

He was responding to questions from Ms Eugene Mwaiposa (Ukonga -CCM) and Ms Josephine Chagula (Special seat- CCM) who wanted to know the status of the water projects in Ukonga and Nyang’hwale Districts respectively.

He said water projects for Nyang’hwale District Council was going on smoothly in Nyamtukuza, Bukwimba, Izunya, Nyarubele, Kitongo, Ikangala, Kakora, Kayenze and Kharumwa villages and that installation of infrastructure for water supply was also at advanced stages.

In some of the villages, he said, the government aims to supply water from Lake Victoria, adding that the consulting engineer was going on with feasibility studies and other arrangements ahead of the projects thanks to 567.5m/- that have been allocated for facilitation of the projects in question.

He said such projects were also being implemented in other District Councils like Longido which has already received 1.98bn/- for the projects through the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP). Dr Mahenge was responding to a question from Mr Michael Lekule Laizer (Longido- CCM) who wanted to know the status of water projects in ten villages in his constituency.

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Tanzania: No Water Rationing in Moshi, Do You Know Why?

Moshi — WATER has always been the source of life and it is said, if a third world war would occur (God forbid), the source could be scrambling for this precious liquid.

Over the years, quantity and quality of water has been decreasing, due to an increase in population that unfortunately cause harm to environment, hence water sources.

Environmental degradation has been harmful so much so that even areas that used to have plenty of water came to be faced with unprecedented scarcity.

One of those areas is Kilimanjaro region, where there is Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro, the source of water for many over centuries.

In the past, natural laws called for people to take care of the environment, and so they did until when some decided to break some tradition, and cut trees, farm near water sources and even stop planting trees.

Such behaviour has affected so many countries, Tanzania being one of them and Kilimanjaro region in particular, and as a result wananchi experienced tough times, as far as availability of water is concerned.

The very act of people going against the natural laws in respect of environment, made it imperative for the government to form laws, setting demarcations on what they can do and what they are not allowed.

The government has always urged and supervised afforestation activities, and now Kilimanjaro once again looks green, albeit partly.

In regard to citizens having access to clean and safe water for their daily activities, among other things the government formed water authorities all over the country to regulate production and supply of the same.

Moshi municipality, an area with about 250,000 people that sits under the slopes of the Kilimanjaro Mountain underwent ups and downs as far as water production and supply is concerned, and it was not until 1998 that it got its water authority.

Popularly known by its acronym ‘Muwsa’, the Moshi Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority has strived for so long to ensure citizens get the best service that is access to clean and safe water at a shortest distance possible.

As a public institution, Muwsa is tasked to ensure that Moshi residents are also connected to a sewerage waste disposal network.

It would be expected that, given its geographical location, Moshi would not face any water scarcity especially bearing in mind that government dishes out a sizable amount of money every financial year to the authority.

That was not the case; Moshi town residents faced difficult moments due to water rationing even when it was raining.

The new Muwsa Managing Director, Engineer Cyprian Luhemeja has come up with a different approach to implement Big Result Now (BRN) that has ended water rationing.

“As from August 1 this year, there is no more water rationing, supply is now on 24 hours basis a day, so long as I am here, we are starting a new chapter, and I am for big results now, no more business as usual,” says Muwsa boss.

The roadmap entails Muwsa going digital as the authority has introduced call centers, so that customers who lack water supply can contact MUWSA staff who will be available day and night to make sure water supply is not interrupted at any point in time.

“We are not wasting time, we have started right away with these call centers… customers do not need to come to our offices, just ring we will go to their respective areas,” he says.

What customers who experience water problems are supposed to do is to ring the numbers, explain the sort of problems, give geographical locations so that if the problem cannot be solved from the other end, engineers go to customers’ houses,The numbers are 0275500021, +2552755045 and a toll free one; 0785555555, the cost of which the authority bears.

In the digital aspect still, Muwsa has started a registration exercise of customers’ mobile numbers so that monthly bills are sent through.

Customers will as well pay the same through Tigo-Pesa, M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Zain-Money and do not have to go physically at the authority’s offices.

“This use of phones to notify the authority of water problems and the new payment system will spare our customers of their valued time to do economic activities instead of planning safari to our offices now and then,” says the MD.

The Authority key results areas in the 180 days are to reduce water leakage from the said 39 per cent experienced in June this year to nine percent come the end of this year.

Engineer Luhemeja says Muwsa is going to widen water network, that is increasing customers from the existing 28,000 to 35,000 in December this year, target being to have 50,000 customers in June 2014.

On a business, Muwsa targets to increase water supply and collection of bills from the current 302m/- to 821m/- in December this year. “It might seem that we are over ambitious in these targets, but mind you we are implementing Big Results Now… I was one of 29 experts who drafted BRN on water sector,” the Engineer says confidently.

Apart from Moshi Municipality, Muwsa, offers its services to 21 wards in Moshi rural areas including Majengo, Msaranga, Kiboriloni, Pasua, Njoro, Kaloleni, Mawenzi, Bondeni, Kiusa, Kilimanjaro, Rau, Mji Mpya, Korongoni, Karanga, Longuo B, Shiri Matunda, Nganga Mfumuni, Miembeni, Bomambuzi, Soweto, Ng’ambo and Mwereni.

They are run and managed by board of trustees, tapped from chairpersons of village water boards and have been able to supply water to more than 80 per cent of villagers.

There is a success story from Siha district, as its Executive Director, Rashid Kitambulio says water supply services in this district are entrusted to citizens.

To that end, they formed two water boards to manage supply of the commodity and have successfully done that to more than 80 per cent of all 116,313 residents. Sauwasa Acting Manager, Matei Aloisi says available water sources are one spring and four boreholes.

Water is pumped to four wells from where gravitation force is applied to take it to users. There is a bad experience of water loss through leakages (20%) due to worn out pipes and water theft by 25%.

Sauwasa has 1,298 customers and 42 water kiosks for the public in four zones – Bomani, Mji Mpya, Mjini Kati and Mahuu. Mwanga district on its part has three sources of water; Chang’ombe and Mbochiro springs and five boreholes.

Mr Stephen Stephen, a manager with Mwanga Urban Water Authority says water quantity kept falling over years due to climate change and now they mostly rely on boreholes to serve its 7,061 customers out of 16,100 residents.

However, the production and consequent supply of 1,532 cubic meters a day falls short of the 3,000 cubic meters per day demand.

Mr Stephen says they plan to tap more water from all the sources, as only two boreholes were active and that caused water rationing, whereby customers get water for three hours only a day.

Rombo is another district within Kilimanjaro region and its water production and supply is under Kiliwater and Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (RWSSP).

Engineer A.S Tesha, Rombo Water Engineer, says daily water demand stands at 40,000 cubic meters against supply of 27,000 cubic meters during rainy seasons and 18,000 during summer.

Mr Tesha says with 260,000 residents Rombo has 30 water sources, 29 of which are gravitational and only one is a borehole. Kiliwater General Manager, Prosper Tesha says Kiliwater caters for more than 300,000 customers in 78 villages Rombo district and Mwika in Moshi district.

The company was established after the water project for Kilimanjaro East came to an end in 1994 that was run by a German aid corporation, GTZ.

The company got financial assistance, to the tune of Tsh 14 billion from the central government (Tanzania) and a German bank, KfW from 2001 to 2008 to repair the East Kilimanjaro Trunk Main I & II and construction of a third main water pipe, EKTM III and the main water source at Kwavameku in Mashati division.

Mr Kessy noted that the company was used to collect about Tsh 3 million a month in 1995, but as of now it gets an average of Tsh 65 million monthly from customer collections.

Moshi, as it is the case with many regional headquarters, has urban and its rural counterpart, managed by one district authority. In Moshi Rural, there are now in place a water project for 10 villages, namely Korini Juu and Korini Chini in Mbokomu ward; Kirima Juu, Kirima Kati and Boro in Kirima ward.

Others are Tella and Mande in Old Moshi ward; Makamu Juu and Makamu Chini in Kilema Kaskazini ward; Mawanjeni and Maji Makami in Mwika Kusini as well as Makuyuni in Makuyuni ward.

Engineer B.J. Lyimo, Moshi Water Engineer says feasibility study was done on the projects from May 2009 to February 2010 and are set to be completed this year and others next year.

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Tanzania: 28 Million/ – Water Project to Benefit Moshi College

Moshi — TANZANIA Breweries Limited (TBL) has donated 28m/- to cover costs of drilling water at the Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS).

Presenting a dummy cheque at the MUCCoBS grounds on Thursday, TBL Marketing Manager in Kilimanjaro Region Mr. Leiya Hermenegild said his firm is committed to supporting social services countrywide.

He handed the cheque to the proprietor of Aqwe Drilling & Construction, Ms Rishi Shah, the company that has been charged with the task of constructing the borehole.

Speaking at the occasion, MUCCoBS Principal Prof Faustine Bee thanked TBL for the donation as they have time and again extended a helping hand to the college.

He noted that his institution is a customer-friendly and it also gets water from Moshi Urban Water and Sewerage Authority (Muwsa), but due to rapid expansion of the college activities, they need extra source. They have an old well that does not produce enough water to cater for all services.

“We get water from Muwsa, but as days unfold the demand goes up such that we need our own well in addition,” the principal noted.

Way back in 2004, he said, there were about 540 students and around 100 members of Staff but as of now, there are about 5,000 students and more than 400 staff members.

There are also a lot of visitors at MUCCoBS regularly, he said, some of them for meetings, workshops, marathon and other activities, that makes a normal working day at the college accommodate many visitors.

Because of the rising demand they felt a need for an extra source of water hence they asked TBL for the same and was eventually granted.

TBL Public Relations Manager, Ms Doris Malulu said her company is planning to spend 450m/- this year, in its quest to assure citizens in different communities of safe and clean water.

In its social corporate responsibility, she said, TBL is keen to see people lead decent life without water problems.

She said that two weeks ago they were in Mbeya and later at Tunduma Centre sponsoring water projects, as they have been doing and will get on in hospitals, colleges, varsities and different communities.

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Tanzania: Water Blues Soon Ending After Project Inaugurated

Bukoba — SALOME Bilikwija (23), from Chamchuzi village, in Karagwe District has a hard daily routine. She wakes up at around 5.00 am and goes to her neighbour Paulina By’Olwango (26), to see if she is already up.

The two women are joined by their fellows from nearby villages and together they trek a distance of 15 kilometres to draw water from a pond. That has been their nightmare in as far as they can remember.

Recently, however, President Jakaya Kikwete toured Kagera Region, during which he inaugurated the Ihako water project in Muleba District. The project that aims to ease the water shortage in some areas of the region is jointly funded by the UN Habitat and Tanzania government.

The project was estimated to cost over 2.6bn/ upon completion and would supply water to over 29,000 people in Muleba Urban, Bwata, Kamishango, Kabare and Katanga villages, according to Minister for Water Prof. Jumanne Maghembe.

President Kikwete inaugurated a 680,000 litre reservoir that would help supply water to the villages. Prof Maghembe informed the President that almost 58 per cent of the 2,458,023 Kagera residents in rural areas would enjoy the service of potable water.

According to the minister, Ngara District has a population of 320,056 people out of whom 227,239 have supply of clean water, an equivalent of 71 per cent. Muleba district has a population of 540,310 out of whom 329,589 have access to potable water, equivalent to 61 per cent.

Bukoba District had 289,697 people out of who 170,921 were getting water an equivalent of 59 per cent. Bukoba Municipality has a total of 128,796 residents while 75,989 get water Hope was now in sight as ten villages in Karagwe district have been selected to be covered under the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP). They include Nyaishozi, Kibingo, Chanika, Chamchuzi, Chabuhora, Kayungu, Nyakakika, Kigorogoro, Rwabikagati and Iteera among others, Prof. Maghembe said.

In Biharamulo District the ten selected villages include Mabare, Mihongora, Kagondo, Bisibo, Nyantakara, Katoke, Kasato, Nyabusozi, Kasozibakaya and Nyakanazi.

In Ngara district villages that will benefit from the new scheme include Rulenge, Ngundusi, Munjebwe, Muhweza, Murugarama and Muruvyagira.

The scheme in Bukoba Rural will embrace Mashule, Kyamulaire, Kitahya, Kibona, Itongo and Lukindo, Muleba district………..Kyota, Kabare, Katembe, Kangaza, Kishoju, Katoke, Iroba, Kinagi and Karutanga.

Kagera Regional Commissioner, Mr Fabian Massawe has appealed to residents in the region to ensure that the infrastructure was not vandalized, saying they should utilize the abundant opportunities for their own welfare.

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Tanzania: Lushoto – At Last Water Flows to End Long Time Nightmare

Lushoto — However, on the 30 July, the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of Regional Administration and Local Government, Mr Aggrey Mwanri symbolically ended this long time problem by turning on the first water tap at Irente water point.

The inauguration of the project was the culmination of a nine month construction work of a water supply infrastructure by PIVOTECH of Dar es Salaam under the supervision of COWI Consult at a cost of 194.7 m/-. The project is part of the implementation of the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in Lushoto District, which involved supplying water to 10 villages in the first phase.

The villages are Irente, Kweminyasa, Bumbuli, Ngulu, Mgwashi, Shume/Madala/Gologolo/ Manolo, Kwekitui/ kwalei/kwadoe and Kivingo. Others are Mwangoi -Mlalo and Mlola -Lwandai. For the construction company that built the water project, the project marks an achievement in their thrust to participate in efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) no. 7, to ensure environmental sustainability.

Target ten under goal seven involves halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. The company also undertook the construction of the 265.2 m/- Bumbuli water project and is constructing 1.66 bn/- Mgwashi Water project in Bumbuli Council.

According to the Lushoto Water Engineer, Musiba Katoto, it also won the tender for construction of the Mwangoi – Mlalo Water project and now boasts being an active player in the implementation of the MDG Goal number 7 in Lushoto District of providing water to 490,441 district residents.

Mr Musiba said that 162,894 out of 332,437 (or 49 per cent of Lushoto residents currently get clean and safe water from gravity, schemes, improved shallow wells and boreholes. In the Bumbuli council only 26.83 per cent of its 160,005 residents enjoy clean and safe water.

“We have also been involved in construction of similar gravity water schemes in Sumbawanga . They are; 456 m/- Kilyamatundu Village water project, the 366 m/- Mwimbi village water project, apart from five gravity schemes in Burundi,” said Amri Sudi, the Company Spokesman, insisting that this was a credit to the company that was formed three years ago.

Tanzania is a vast country with almost one out of every two persons having no access to safe water supply. Due to the vast geographic dispersion, rural Tanzanians often have to travel long distances, consuming over many hours to fetch water.

“This has a huge negative impact on economic development and often results in girls dropping out of schools as they have to join their mothers fetching potable water,” Sudi pointed out, saying that the company would like to take part in the sectoral development to rectify the situation.

Now as the East African region is transforming towards a favorable trading bloc, PIVOTECH which has been entrusted with projects worth not less than US$13m for three (3) years of its existence in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi would like to grab the opportunity.

“The company aims to transform with the revolution and become the innovator, solution provider and reckoned business partner of one’s choice,” said Sudi, emphasizing that this objective would be achieved whilst, building capacity to local professionals within the region, to carry on this philosophy for this region.

PIVOTECH which specializes in power solutions for telecommunication companies, non-telecommunication companies and institutions; has now entered the fray of developing water projects for rural areas in the whole of East Africa.

“It started in 2007 from a round-table friend’s platform for socialization and exchange of ideas after work.” In an atmosphere which shows escalated efforts of the East Africa region to reach the MDG Goal number 7, the company sees itself as the partner of choice given its experience in the construction of the four projects in Lushoto and Sumbawanga districts and in Burundi.

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Tanzania: Preventing Trachoma Through the Culture of Washing Hands

THERE is no doubt that Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Tanzania Office on behalf of its Government of the Republic of Korea has been able to score high in the public eyes in the health sector.

When celebrating the completion of the installation of latrines and water tanks in primary schools in Mtwara region through the Trachoma Prevention and Treatment Project by Heart to HeartFoundation, KOICA Resident Representative, Seung Beom, KIM expressed his appreciation for the support and cooperation that has been accorded to their organization working in Mtwara.

“We would like to wholeheartedly thank you for extending your cordial cooperation during the successful implementation of this construction work.” The Heart-Heart Foundation (HtHF) Tanzania Country’s Director, Ms. EunJeong (Grace) Lee hosted the event for hardearned outcomes over the past months.

The Resident Representative said that the Trachoma Prevention and Treatment Project have several important impacts of the Korean Government’s development cooperation partnership with Tanzania. He said the Project represents the Korean government’s sincere interest in and willingness to be a helping hand to the most deserved yet most easily under treated human beings – children.

“They are the beginning of the future and the parameter of the development. Their welfare and growth are one of the priority issues in my government’s development cooperation agenda.” He adds: “Secondly, the Project is the work of a non-governmental organisation that is seeking a better future at the grass root level.

“Even if KOICA is supporting many NGO works, it is NGO workers like Miss Lee and his colleagues and government counterparts who make all this change happen.” Thirdly, the Project comes from a special fund called “Poverty Reduction Initiative Fund” in Korea. Every passenger that travels via airplane has to pay 700 Tanzania shillings as tax and this money is compiled to be a supporting tool for improving the health condition in African countries only, he said.

The Representative said: “I’m very happy Tanzania is one of them. I remember that I once heard from Ms. Lee, Country Director of Heart to Heart Foundation, that only by washing hands, trachoma, the terrible disease that does much harm to children, can be prevented.”

The prevention solution is that simple: just water and a good sanitary condition. But, in reality, it is not that simple, he argues. It involves clean water and building clean places. The Project in this sense has achieved a very significant outcome – some 26 latrines and 24 water tanks in the last 3 years.

The Representative believes that he can see this will make a small change to school children’s behaviour but a big consequence to their life. Mtwara District Council and Heart to Heart Foundation (HtHF) held a third water tank & latrine launching ceremony. Ms Lee said the event was not only to celebrate the duly completed constructions but also share the great achievements with those who got involved either directly or indirectly.

Heart to Heart Foundation, a Korean non-profit organisation, has been doing its best to eliminate Trachoma, which is one of eye diseases of the highest prevalence rate, particularly in southern Tanzania. Ms Lee said: “This year is the last phase of the three-year-project called ‘the poverty elimination’.

Over the last three years, 26 latrines and 24 water tanks have been built across Mtwara Region to improve general environment.” On top of that, HtHF has organised a wide range of activities such as eye surgery camp, follow-up management, training for teachers and supply of trachoma prevention books. A series of such approaches to eliminating trachoma has strengthened a sense of hygiene and the importance of preventive methods.

HtHF Tanzania Director in her address, said: “We would not have been able to achieve such great strides without all your full support throughout the project and I really appreciate it on behalf of all staff of HtHF”. Various guests from Mtwara district office, KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) and community members attended the ceremony to celebrate the successful construction.

The school band of Mnyija primary school hosting the event elevated festive ambience with its great performance. Consistency is the key to getting rid of unfortunate seed, such as trachoma, leading to blindness, even down to despair of life. HtHF and Mtwara district office promised to continue to cooperate with each other on trachoma issue. The project is based on WHOendorsed SAFE strategy.

Surgery for in-turned eyelids, Antibiotics for active disease, face washing to prevent infection, and environmental change as another preventive measure,” said part of the statement. Heart to Heart is based in Seoul, Korea which has been working in Tanzania from 2009.

Recently the organisation signed the 3rd Memorandum of Understanding with Mtwara District Council. The latest statistics issued by the organisation indicate that eye surgery and follow up management under the project has strengthened the sense of hygiene and sanitation of the Mtwara community.

“In the last 3 years, 2,610 trachoma eye cases decreased surgery load by 35%.” Besides, the organisation has built 21 public latrines and water tanks in 21 primary schools in Mtwara region.

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