Check out the Volunteers page for news of Robin and Debbie Hill as they prepare to return to Tanzania in August 2017.
Their Tanzanian friends are excited to be meeting up with them again. Have a great trip!
Malaria is a big problem in the Lake Zone, when standing water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Enoch and Dotto were hospitalised recently for 3 and 4 day periods. The treatment for severe infections is the old standby of quinine, administered as a drip. Both boys have made a full recovery but the picture nationally is alarming. Over 90% of the population is at risk, resulting in 11 million clinically diagnosed malaria cases a year, with 60 to 80,000 deaths. Most of the deaths are in pregnant women and the under fives. John discussed malaria infection with Sister Anastasia Salla of Bukumbi Hospital, who said that although most people sleep under mosquito nets there is inevitably exposure in the evening and morning. John and Christine take prophylactics but this is not possible for people permanently resident in Tanzania. Local people build up an immunity but despite this succumb regularly to malaria infections. Busega Scotland provides medical insurance for the children at Mayega Children’s Centre, and for the students in the Moving-on Project, to ensure prompt treatment. Life is hard in Tanzania and the risk of malaria is but one hazard of everyday life.
One of Busega Scotland’s most exciting projects has come to fruition. Last year one of our trustees, Colin Sanders, introduced us to Knockando Woolmill Trust. The mill has been producing woollen textiles since 1784. A plan was put together to manufacture Mayega Shukas, based on a traditional African design made famous by Maasai tribesmen. Shukas are used in Africa as clothing and blankets.
The actual detail of the cloth was developed by the children at Mayega Children’s Centre, who coloured in templates provided by the mill. The cloth has been woven and shukas are now available for sale through the Knockando website – https://www.knockandowoolmill.co.uk/
The shukas are truly unique in their concept, being woollen and in a limited edition of forty. All profits will go to our work at Mayega Children’s Centre.
We would like acknowledge the support of Knockando Woolmill and students from the University of the Highlands and Islands – Moray College who developed the shuka display. Thanks also to MMS Almac who printed the display materials.
The project is a testimony to what can be achieved when diverse knowledge, skills and abilities are pulled together for a common cause, even across different continents.