help2kids Health Project
The help2kids Health Project promotes the health of children through a holistic approach to their physical and mental well-being. We offer high quality health services to nearly 600 children in Dar es Salaam with the goal of improving the children’s well-being to help them ultimately fulfill their potential.
The help2kids Health Project offers its services to children from the following organizations in Dar es Salaam (figures are approximate):
- help2kids Children’s Home (30 children)
- Bajeviro Primary School (346 children)
- Education Sponsorship Program (45)
- Watoto Wetu Tanzania Orphanage (78 children)
- Chakuwama Orphanage (64 children)
Total: Approximately 563 children
The help2kids Health Project has two main areas of focus: Treatment and Prevention.
The Health Project offers direct healthcare provision to children who otherwise cannot easily access health facilities. In particular, we:
Our Health Project Coordinator helps a child with their new prescription.
- Arrange and provide transportation for children who are ill from their orphanage or school to the hospital or health facility and back, and pay for all medical services.
- Purchase and deliver medicine prescribed by a doctor to the children.
- Arrange and escort the children to see specialists as necessitated by their condition, such as pediatricians, optometrists, and dentists.
- Transport HIV+ children on a monthly basis to a specialized clinic for check-ups and a support group of other children living with HIV/AIDS, and cover all associated costs.
- Supply our beneficiary organizations with first aid materials on a monthly basis. First aid supplies include: cold medicine, antibacterial cream, plasters, bandage wraps, gloves, malaria diagnostic kits, mosquito nets, scales to monitor weight, and much more.
The help2kids Health Project aims to provide health education to children and their guardians in order to promote healthy behavior, prevent illnesses, and address stigmas. In particular, we:
Imerine leads the Always Project here at the help2kids Children's Home and at our partner orphanages.
- Arrange First Aid Training Workshops led by a nurse and lab practitioner for the guardians of the children in order to educate them on how to properly use the supplies in the first aid cabinets to detect and treat common ailments. Topics include diagnosing malaria, dressing wounds, treating basic injuries, and responding to choking emergencies, among others.
- Present the Always Workshop to female youth to educate them on the importance of menstrual hygiene and on how to make and utilize re-usable pads. The workshop both addresses stigma and teaches girls a sustainable and healthy way to manage their menstruation so that it does not interfere with their daily life or school attendance.
- Provide Health Talks through doctors from AAR Hospital to the children on basic health issues including dental hygiene, safe drinking and eating practices, and the importance of using mosquito nets.
- Deliver workshops and training sessions that are especially pertinent to the children we serve and the staff we support. We have completed a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) training for the guardians and teachers of the children. This taught them activities that they can conduct with the children to promote improved hygienic practices and ultimately prevent common illnesses. We also provided Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) education workshops to children over the age of 10 to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS), unplanned pregnancies, and sexual violence.
The help2kids Health Project partners with various organizations in Dar es Salaam to provide high quality healthcare and health education to our beneficiaries. Former and current partners include:
- AAR Healthcare
- Amref Health Africa
- Behavioral Health Clinic
- Infectious Disease Centre
- Restless Development
- Kasole Secrets Company
- Nipe Fagio
- Ocean Road Cancer Institute
- Sinza Palestine Hospital
- Tiba Health Care
- Under the Same Sun
- Vision Plus Optometry
- Water, Health, Education and Community Development (WAHECO) - Temeke Municipality