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Help Tanzanians Urban poor stay healthy in times of Covid-19
We know that a healthy population suffers less from disease. This is true not just for the current Covid-19 pandemic but also more generally.
Due to the collapse of tourism in Northern Tanzania, the current loss of work and income means that many families will suffer food shortages. In turn, this increases the risk of malnutrition and leads to a weakening of people’s immune systems. Improving this and providing preventative healthcare in times such as this is imperative.
East Africa has abundant food resources rich in key minerals and vitamins. Over the last 10 years at our Health Centre, we have seen positive results in patients taking:
– Moringa Oleifera – a plant that provides a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals and proteins. It has:
• more than 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants
• an ORAC-Value of 46.000 per 100 gram
• high mineral content (iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, phosphor, potassium)
• nearly every vitamin (including vitamin A and D which are essential for the immune system)
• 18 out of 20 amino acids (of whom 11 are essential for survival)
The tree is widely known as a multipotent healing plant, grows in Africa, does not need a lot of water and can hence be cultivated easily. Leaves can be eaten fresh or dried.
– Baobab fruit powder – has a similar ORAC-Value as Moringa, contains high amounts of Vitamin C (700mg Vit C per 100g, 6 x the amount of oranges) and has a regulatory effect on the intestine (essential for a strong immune system). It has proven to be a strong prebiotic.
– Finger Millet – an ancient grain rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. It also provides proteins and dietary fibre.
Due to the positive experience of our own patients, we recently started supporting rural families in need with packages of these essential nutrients, together with masks, soap and information about hygiene and social distancing. We are seeing positive effects.
Given the success of this small project in our local community, we would now like to extend the scope of this initiative to urban areas where people have less access to proper food supplies and hygiene and who are therefore likely to suffer the most.
Africa Amini Alama plans to distribute 50,000 tonnes natural food ages to the Urban poor to help them stay healthy in the time of job loss, financial crisis and insecurity caused by Covid-19. As 90% of the people in the Norther zone of Tanzania lost their job following the collapse of the tourism industry.
These packages, each providing for one person, will contain:
– 500 grams Moringa owder – a plant that provides a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals and proteins.
– 1 KG Baobab Powder – contains high amounts of Vitamin C (700mg Vit C per 100g, 6 x the amount of oranges) and has a regulatory effect on the intestine (essential for a strong immune system). It has proven to be a strong prebiotic.
– 4 KG Millet (For porridge)
– 10 Moringa seeds for people to plant themselves.
– Instructions on use and the benefits of the products.
During the distribution campaign data on beneficiaries, their family set-up, current employment, living conditions will be collected and monitored.
– Reduce the number of Covid 19 symptomatic patients by helping people strengthen their immune system and render them more likely to be able to fight the virus,
– Encourage people to take responsibility for their own health and avoid a feeling of helplessness.
– Promote the country’s natural, sustainable resources.
– Create jobs by boosting the production of local products (moringa, baobab, millet)
– Increase the general health of the population independent of the effects of the current pandemic. Our experience over the last 10 years has shown that taking these supplements regularly helps in reducing diabetes and hypertension as well as in treating malnutrition.
– Be a role model for other countries demonstrating how sustainable help in the health sector can be achieved at low cost and with locally available products.
- Raising capital
- Technical expertise
What we need help with
We are kindly seeking to partner with Norrsken Foundation to help fund/offer a grant for our project as per the description we have listed above through the Action Against Corona initiative. Our project budget is €980,000.
Best way to get in touch
via emai address above or phone Mr Pepijn Steemers on +255752904043