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Project information

Vital medical aid for rural health units in Africa

This project will provide vital medical aid to treat extremely disadvantaged and vulnerable patients at over 100 rural health units in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

November 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Inter Care - Medical Aid for Africa

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  • Need


    Globally over 400 million people lack access to essential health services, many of them in sub-Saharan Africa. The region has the highest rates of child mortality - 1 in 9 children dies before age 5, more than 16 times the rate for developed countries. Lack of medicines, equipment and a severe shortage of doctors and nurses means the most disadvantaged are missing out on even the most basic healthcare - the region bears 25% of the world’s disease burden but is home to just 3% of its doctors.


    In Africa many diseases and conditions are preventable or treatable with timely access to appropriate, affordable medicines, and health services. We will provide our partner health units with vital medical aid including antibiotics and pain relief, along with healthcare goods such as dressings, sterile gloves, small surgical instruments and health education materials. This aid will provide free treatment for the most disadvantaged patients, including children, pregnant women and the elderly.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve access to basic healthcare for the most disadvantaged patients.


    » We will send targeted medical aid in line with the healthcare needs of individual health units for the treatment of the most disadvantaged patients

    What success will look like

    We will measure the increase in the numbers of patients receiving free healthcare at our partner health units.

    Aim 2

    To improve the medical knowledge of health personnel.


    » We will provide learning resources, such as British Medical Journals, to medical personnel at the health units we support.

    What success will look like

    We will gather feedback from health unit staff about their increase in medical knowledge, through monitoring visits and/or questionnaires.

    Aim 3

    To help health units prevent and control infection.


    » We will provide healthcare goods such as antiseptic wipes and hand wash to help prevent and control infection in rural health units.

    What success will look like

    Inter Care will compare existing rates of infection at health units with infection levels following receipt of the aid.

  • Impact


    The poorest and the most vulnerable patients, including children, the elderly and pregnant women will be able to access free healthcare in rural areas where reliable and affordable health services are often inadequate or lacking. More patients will receive treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions, improving the overall health of local communities.


    Ensuring the aid arrives at partner health units in good condition: Inter Care has been sending aid successfully to rural health units in Africa for over 40 years. In addition, we have recently been provided with an online stock control system which enables us to track delivery from the point we send it, right through to delivery at each individual health unit.


    Donors will receive an annual report, including case studies and photo’s from our partner health units. Quarterly newsletters, website and social media updates will also provide an overview of the impact of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,300

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,150 Purchased medicines Vital medicines which we cannot source from donations.
      £1,350 Storage costs Costs to store the aid
      £300 Administration Securing and processing medical aid donations
      £4,500 Transport Sending and tracking aid securely to Africa
  • Background


    The medical aid will be sent to 10 of our partner health units in rural areas in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone and includes clinics, hospitals, dispensaries and centres for orphaned and vulnerable children.


    Inter Care supports over 100 partner health units in some of the poorest parts of Africa which serve a collective catchment population of over 10 million. Direct beneficiaries will be patients, many of which would not receive treatment without the aid supplied by Inter Care. Staff at the health units will also benefit from access to training materials. Indirect beneficiaries will be families of patients who will benefit from healthier/more productive family members and their communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Inter Care has over 40 years experience in supporting rural health units in Africa with vital medical aid. We have built strong relationships with our partners and conduct robust monitoring and evaluation of all those units we support. Over 50 volunteers in the UK, many medically trained, support us in our work, which enables us to have a huge impact for such a small charity and for which we were awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Medical Staff At Our Partner Health Units

    Doctors, nurses and other medical staff have been providing healthcare in rural, deprived communities for many years.

    Inter Care Staff

    Have a wealth of experience in supporting partners in Africa with medical aid.

    Over 50 Volunteers

    Inter Care volunteers, many medically trained, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists.

Basic medicines such as antibiotics and painkillers are our greatest need, as they are often unavailable or too expensive and we simply can't afford them. We also desperately need blood pressure cuffs, gloves and aprons.

Dr Mariet, St Luke's Hospital, Malawi