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Pamoja Tunaweza Women Centre Project - Prevention Through Empowerment (PTE) - Moshi Tanzania
Located at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania, the Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Center, established through Prevention Through Empowerment (PTE) and in partnership with CACHA and the Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO), opened its doors in April of 2007.
In addition to assisting women who have been affected by the stigma of HIV/AIDS, Pamoja Tunaweza raises awareness of the disease by offering free medical treatment and HIV testing through a medical clinic, bi-annual medical caravans in rural areas of Kilimanjaro, and outreach initiatives in at-risk communities.
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Location: Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Partners: Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO), Tanzanian Ministry of Health
Beneficiaries: The community-based clinic and its outreach programs have more than 11,000 patient visits per year; over 65% are women and children. We also support 13 young girls in school and 10 women through various micro-finance enterprises.
Objective: To improve the health of the people in Kilimanjaro Region through access to affordable, high quality and innovative health care models and addressing the social determinants of health.
Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Center’s (PTWC) main mission is to improve the health of the people in Kilimanjaro Region through access to affordable, high quality and innovative health care models and addressing the social determinants of health. Each year PTWC sees more than 2,500 patients at our clinic in Moshi where they receive quality and affordable primary outpatient care. PTWC ‘s clinic acts as a community resource for general health, women’s health and sexual health education.
CACHA Medical Caravans
Twice yearly, PTWC hosts medical caravans in cooperation with CACHA, in which a group of health professionals from Tanzania and Canada including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and logisticians attend to 300- 600 patients a day in Moshi’s most vulnerable surrounding villages. During the ten-day caravan in January 2009, the mission participants saw close to 1000 patients (almost 70% of which were female). Services offered to patients include general medical and pediatric consultations, ophthalmology, gynecology and HIV testing. CACHA medical caravans serve as an integral resource for the PTWC in identifying particularly urgent cases in the community and further informing people of the services available at the health clinic.
Activities Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
PTWC has recognized that many health problems stem from socio-economic causes and without addressing these issues many beneficiaries will never full address their health issues. PTWC thus has begun income-generating activities with some of the most vulnerable women. Currently we have a solar lantern/phone charging project and we hope to expand to other income generating projects. We also support 13 young girls from vulnerable families in their schooling, ranging from primary to tertiary education.
Dr Karen Yeates, co-Director of the Office of Global Health at Queens University, and PTWC co-Founder has several research projects in partnership with PTWC. The Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology Study (PURE) tracks a cohort for 15 years to measure the impact of rapidly changing environments and urbanization on the development of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers. The International Polycap Study 3 (TIPS-3) is a study with a polycap medication to prevent cardiovascular events among those at high risk. Dream Global has enrolled 600 participants to test effectiveness of SMS messages to help patients manage their hypertension. The Kilimanjaro Cervical Screening Project applies simple and safe mobile technologies to improve cervical cancer screening and thus potentially reduce mortality rates in Tanzania. And lastly, the Hati Salama (HASA) study will distribute 4,000 bed nets redeemed from 100 clinics across Tanzania to 4,000 women. This collaboration will also involve a randomized trial to test the impact of behavior change messaging via SMS to determine the impact on uptake of bed net voucher redemption and use.
PTWC looks forward to the future by continuing our core service of providing quality and affordable health services to residents of Kilimanjaro Region. PTWC aims to expand our health outreach activities and connect them with follow up education campaigns and engagement with community health workers through partnerships with local NGOs and government partners. PTWC will also continue our research projects to help in addressing chronic diseases in a variety of ways. The research will also help to inform the health clinic on trends, prevention possibilities and treatment. PTWC will also continue to strengthen relationships with volunteers and university students. This will facilitate a skills transfer, capacity building and knowledge exchange while establishing PTWC as a worldwide leader of health.