When healthcare volunteers on Village Life’s first delegation to Tanzania set up their mobile field clinics, many local villagers had never seen a doctor in their lives.
Volunteers quickly realized that the limited medical supplies could only help a few, while masses of sick villagers still waited hours on end in the heat in hopes of getting some relief.
Comprised of students, faculty, and professionals, including many from the University of Cincinnati’s Academic Health Center, the Health Committee provides the foundation for Village Life’s efforts to improve acute and preventive health care.
Village leaders identified malaria, life-threatening diarrhea from worm and parasite infestations, and severe malnutrition as the major health problems among villagers. Village Life’s Health Committee had a tall task to tackle with long-term healthcare in the area. How do we do it?
We need to make sure healthcare continues to be delivered once we leave the villages. We’ve set up infrastructure to do so, but it’s still a work in progress. As we come together, we make progress: