The Migoli region is an extremely remote area of Tanzania and is home to many Maasai families. Due to its isolated location, many of the local villagers do not have access to health care. The Migoli Hospital is run by the Sisters of Migoli Parish and serves to assist people living in the area. Tanzania is one of the countries worst affected by malaria. The majority of the country is malaria endemic and the Migoli region is particularly affected. With the malaria treatment costing approximately $17 AUD, this is unaffordable for many locals and the Migoli Hospital estimate that around 3 people die per week once they have reached their Health Centre. This number is estimated to be even greater for those who cannot get to hospital.
The Migoli Hospital is also equipped to care for HIV and AIDS patients, has a maternity ward and has separate men’s and women’s wards. There is also a kindergarten located onsite.
Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has partnered with Migoli Hospital and has been able to assist with two projects. Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has purchased a motorised water pump to improve the water supply to the hospital. Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has also funded capital works to complete a new drainage system and footpath system to prevent flooding in the main ward areas. Youth Off The Streets Overseas Relief Fund has purchased a vehicle for the hospital to allow the Sisters to visit the villages and care for the sick who cannot make the journey to the hospital. The Sisters have also used the vehicle in their Malaria Prevention outreach sessions in the local communities.