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Vital outreach medical aid for rural Africa

This project will provide outreach rucksacks containing vital primary care medical aid to treat extremely disadvantaged and vulnerable patients attending outreach clinics run by our partner health units in rural sub-Saharan Africa including; Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

November 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Inter Care - Medical Aid for Africa

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  • Need

    Need

    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, leading to suffering and loss of life - the region bears 25% of the world’s disease burden but is home to just 3% of its doctors. Many patients live several days travel from their nearest health unit and often they are not able to undertake the journey, so it is essential to ensure that outreach clinics are equipped with vital medical care.

    Solution

    Many people in Africa are susceptible to disease and conditions, which are preventable or treatable with timely access to appropriate, affordable medicines and healthcare services. We will provide our partner health units with outreach rucksacks containing vital medical aid including antibiotics and pain relief, along with healthcare goods such as dressings, sterile gloves, syringes and needles. Our medical aid is largely donated to us from pharmaceutical companies and medical manufacturers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

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


    Activities

    » We will send outreach rucksacks along with requested medical aid required by our partner health units for the benefit of their outreach services.

    What success will look like

    This is shown by information from Monitoring & Evaluation visits in Africa, completion of our official partner paperwork and case studies concerning patients who receive free care.


    Aim 2

    To assist with the prevention and control of infection.


    Activities

    » With every consignment we will provide personal protective equipment such as gloves, aprons and masks for the prevention and control of infection.

    What success will look like

    With regular contact with our partners we are aware of chronic shortages of personal protective equipment and through reports, we know our aid is essential to meet this shortfall.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The poorest and the most vulnerable patients, including children, the elderly and pregnant women will be able to access free healthcare in their local 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. Patients who are unable to travel will now access fully equipped outreach cliinics at no charge to them or their families.

    Risk

    Ensuring all aid is received in good condition and with 6 months until expiry: Since 1974, Inter Care has been successfully sending consignments of medical aid to our partner health units. With the assistance of our online stock control system, all aid is sent with suitable expiry dates and we can control our stock levels to a high standard. We also follow Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidelines on storage and shipping methods.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a direct thank you, including where possible, case studies and photos from the partner health units receiving their sponsored rucksacks. Quarterly newsletters, website and social media updates will also provide an overview of the impact of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,850

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,600 Transport Costs Sending and tracking 300 rucksacks securely to Africa
      £1,450 Storage Costs Including license fees etc
      £300 Administration Securing and processing medical donations
      £1,500 Purchased medicines Vital medicines which we cannot source from donations
  • Background

    Location

    These 300 outreach rucksacks will be sent to suitable partner health units in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone. The partners must hold an outreach clinic to receive these rucksacks of vital medical aid.

    Beneficiaries

    Currently Inter Care supports 112 health units in rural sub-Saharan Africa who serve a population catchment area of around 10 million people. Direct beneficiaries will be our partners’ most vulnerable patients including children, pregnant women and the elderly, receiving access to free healthcare. Many of these patients would not receive treatment without the aid provided by Inter Care. The health unit staff will have access to personal protective equipment, protecting them from cross infection.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Inter Care has over 40 years experience in supporting rural health units in Africa with vital medical aid. We work closely with our partner health units to build strong relationships and provide targeted aid. We conduct robust Monitoring and Evaluation visits in Africa of all those units we support. With over 50 volunteers in the UK, many medically trained, we also have the knowledge to designate appropriate aid for their needs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Staff At Partner Health Units

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

    Inter Care Staff

    Inter Care staff have a wealth of experience in supporting partners in Africa with medical aid.

    Inter Care Volunteers

    Inter Care volunteers, many medically trained, include doctors, nurses, pharmacists have the knowledge to designate appropriate aid for their needs.

    Board Of Trustees

    Trustees, with a variety of knowledge both within Africa and the UK, medical and business. Responsible for strategy, finance and overseeing.

£42

will send one outreach rucksack to an Inter Care partner health unit in rural sub-Saharan Africa.