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Project 1


Itete Medical Centre Project

Project Location

Ulanga District, Morogoro Region, Tanzania


Itete is a large rural village of 7,200 people, comprised predominantly of WaPogoro farmers and WaSukuma pastoralists. Apart from farming, the only formal employment is with the Kilombero Valley Teak Company. This means that the village is completely dependent upon rainfall and a good harvest for its ongoing prosperity. Despite this precarious situation, the village has a good history of community action, fundraising and operating with outside agencies. The best example is the successful construction of a gravity fed water system, which pipes water from the neighbouring Mahenge Hills to the village, eradicating cholera and amoebic dysentery.



The remote location of Itete makes the supply of drugs logistically difficult and basic facilities are also severely limited. The need for improved medical services is drastic. The major challenges are:

• Insufficient stocks of medication

• Inadequate general medical equipment

• Physical infrastructure in a dangerous state of repair


The level of education is relatively high in the village due to the commitment of the teaching staff. However their efforts are hampered by a lack of funds and equipment which results in:

• School buildings in a dangerous state of repair

• Lack of basic teaching materials



Led by the local priest, the community are planning to rebuild a section of the old mission church to be used as a fully equipped and staffed hospital ward. To support the community in achieving this aim is our long term challenge, but in the short term we are doing the following:

• Supplying enough malarial treatments to meet the fluctuating seasonal need

• Funding an ongoing programme replacing existing beds, mosquito nets and basic diagnostic equipment

• Working in partnership to initiate and to complete the phased re-development of the old mission buildings


In co-operation with teaching staff and local government to support the ongoing achievements of Itete’s schools, the Trust will:

Facilitate the development of links between schools in the UK and Itete to raise awareness of cultural differences and alternate ways of living

Raise funds to support the purchase of educational materials



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