The help2kids Health Project promotes the physical and mental health of poor & vulnerable children. We offer free high quality medical services to approximately 900 children in Dar es Salaam, with the goal of improving overall healthcare in Tanzania and the individual children’s well-being. Our ambition is to help each child ultimately fulfil their potential.
The help2kids Health Project offers its services to children from our own projects and our partner organisations (figures are approximate):
Campus Day Care Centre (60 children)
Education Programme (50 children)
Pwani Primary School (690 children)
Watoto Wetu Orphanage (50 children)
Chakuwama Orphanage (60 children)
What We Do
Only 32% of Tanzania’s population is covered under health insurance. Many families cannot afford basic treatment or even transportation to the nearest hospital. The help2kids Health Project acts as free health insurance (medical, dental & optical) for over 900 children from poor backgrounds, covering all costs: transport, consultation, medication, follow-up visits, …
A recent study conducted in Dar es Salaam and Ifakara showed that among 1005 children, 498 (50%) had acute respiratory infection, while 54 (5.4%) had urinary tract infections and 33 (3.3%) had typhoid fever. This is due to preventable causes going untreated due to lack of access to healthcare. We provide our partners with a First Aid Cabinet which gets regularly restocked with First Aid material and basic medicine, ensuring they are well-equipped to treat minor issues themselves before they cause bigger problems. This goes hand in hand with workshops for the teachers and caregivers to make sure they use each item correctly and are proficient in First Aid practices.
Tanzania is among the ten countries with highest malaria cases and deaths and 93% of the population live in malaria transmission areas. We provide our partner orphanages with mosquito nets, talk to the children about the importance of using them and make sure sick children get diagnosed and treated quickly.
27% of Tanzanian young women aged 15-19 years have begun childbearing, which makes menstrual and reproductive health one of our most important workshop topics.
We also prepare and deliver workshops on nutrition, personal hygiene, sexual hygiene, dental hygiene and safe drinking and eating practices to the children as well as their teachers and caregivers.
Tanzania has one of the highest rates of albinism in the world. Albinos are extremely sensitive to sunlight and most children already have severely damaged skin at a very young age. The majority of people with albinism are “legally blind” and most children cannot read at the blackboard properly.
We regularly take the albinos in our program to the skin specialist and for eye check-ups. We also make sure they have a hat and enough sunscreen to protect themselves from the sun, which allows them to grow up healthy, take full advantage of their education and better able to succeed.
To provide high quality healthcare and health education to our beneficiaries, help2kids partners with various organisations in Dar es Salaam: