Giving Tuesday Tanzania 2017: A campaign to save lives of children

On November 28 this year, Foundation for Civil Society celebrated the global campaign of Giving Tuesday which aims at promoting philanthropy and the generosity of giving to the less fortunate through a campaign to support children with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida at the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI).

MOI is an autonomous institute at the Muhimbili National Hospital established in 1996 to provide primary, secondary and tertiary care of preventive and curative health services in the fields of Orthopaedics, Traumatology and Neurosurgery. According to recent statistics from the Ministry of Health, more than 4,800 children are born with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida in Tanzania each year. Since 2005, MOI started a program for treating children with this condition and has recently been getting 400-600 new patients every year.

Due to a high magnitude of the problem, the institute is faced with multiple challenges in its operations in order to save the lives of these children. As part of its second annual celebration of GivingTuesdayTz, Foundation coordinated a blood donation camp on November 25 at MOI’s new wing at Muhimbili Hospital, which involved its staff and the public. The event was coordinated in collaboration with MOI and various partners from the private sector as well as the civil society.

During the GivingTuesdayTz celebration on November 28, Foundation handed to MOI financial contributions and various items donated for the children. These include wheelchairs, foodstuffs, toiletries, toys, crockery and others for children admitted at MOI and their parents.

This campaign enabled Foundation to raise funds for four surgical camps which operated on 100 children with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida at MOI. Also, the children will be provided with medical insurance cover for a whole year while they are recuperating following the surgery.

 

Foundation is thankful to over 200 individuals, organisations and businesses, particularly Izzaz Medical Project and the Akhter Khakoo family, for their support for these surgical camps. 

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