Tanzania: Mindu Centre

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Tanga is one of the largest cities in Tanzania.
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The village, Mindu, serves a community of around 400 scattered homes.
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The population is approximately 2,110 people.
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There are around 20 births per month in Mindu.
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There is no functional health service in the village.
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[av_dropcap1]M[/av_dropcap1]indu is a large village with no hospital or medical centre to care for pregnant women, aids sufferers, children exposed to typhoid and other ailments. It is shocking to know that such conditions exist in a world with so many resources.

Mindu Centre was built to serve a community of Christians, Muslims and the Masai people. It was once operated by another Christian organisation but they pulled out due to a lack of funding. Hence, the villagers were left with no one to finance the dispensary.

This medical unit, situated in the middle of nowhere, lacks basic facilities such as electricity and water. They had very little medical supplies –less than a medicine cabinet in an average British home. The dispensary was unable to provide the basic service desperately needed within the community.

This was what we learnt when a member of our congregation visited the area to do mission work.
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  • Doctor
  • Nurses
  • Midwife
  • Lab Technician
  • Refurbishment
  • Equipment e.g. incubators, incinerator
  • Electric supply
  • Medical supplies to treat HIV, Malaria, Diabetes, Diphtheria, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and other common ailments.

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[av_dropcap1]R[/av_dropcap1]esearch has brought to our attention that £500.00 per month would be sufficient to employ a doctor, a midwife and a technician. Though a small church we caught the vision, saw the challenge and rallied to the cause.

We sent a delegate back to Tanzania who immediately organized a board of trustee consisting of two doctors, 3 pastors, 2 nurses and 2 other professionals. It was clear that God was in the matter. Their desire was not to be dependent on charitable donations but to become self-sufficient and sustainable.

One month’s supply of medication has been purchased, and these will be sold for the dispensary to make a profit. The church has agreed to support Mindu dispensary with £500.00 a month for two years, with the aim of them being self-sufficient within two years.
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There is now an effective programme for:
  • HIV Treatment
  • Malaria
  • Diabetes
  • Diphtheria
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases and common causes

[av_dropcap1]F[/av_dropcap1]rom the UK, anonymous donations have provided for all refurbishment work for the inside and outside of the clinic. Ranges of essential medical equipment have been purchased, as well as medicines. Refurbishment of on-site staff accommodation is also being undertaken, and the existing midwife’s living quarters is being converted into a delivery suite separate from the dispensary.

The programme is to finish the building work with 3 KVA photovoltaic panels to charge up batteries/ capacitors to provide essential power, as the dispensary unit is in the middle of nowhere and electricity supply is 10-15 miles away from the actual building.

Once electricity is available, the final part of the equipment will be supplied at a cost of 3,840,000 Ts (converted £1,500.00) for the equipment and £3,000.00 for the photovoltaic power. With this done, two final matters will be providing an incinerator and security nearer to completion.
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[av_dropcap1]T[/av_dropcap1]he whole purpose is to keep Mindu Centre serving the community and helping them to become self-sufficient within two years. A small donation makes a big impact.  We gladly welcome contributions to assist us in keeping the dispensary up and running. Your support is appreciated and we are confident that God will bless you and your gift.
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