Health is the greatest of human blessings. ~Hippocrates
Sub-Saharan Africa carries 25% of the global disease burden but has only 3 percent of the world’s health workers.
Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries and is burdened by HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and countless other diseases. There is approximately one doctor for every 50,000 people — and the situation is far worse in rural areas where there can be just one doctor for 1,000,000 people. There is a widespread lack of medical equipment, and there are chronic shortages of essential medicines, vaccines and supplies.
Life is particularly difficult for women. Gender-based violence is endemic and most women do not have access to contraceptives or testing for HIV. More than half of all Tanzanian mothers deliver their babies at home, often with traditional birth attendants, and for every 100,000 births 950 mothers will die, compared to 11 in the U.S.
Unite is investing in the two health programs below that are affecting positive and tangible change.