Thursday, February 20, 2014

5 to scale the Kili for mum, child health

By The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Tanzania needs better health services to enable the country reduce the alarming maternal and infant mortality.

In achieving the goal, Tanzanian women and the public at large are urged to stand up and contribute towards improving people’s health.

The call comes at a time when five young women plan to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in March this year in a campaign aimed at raising public awareness.

According to the initiator of the expedition, Mrs Waheeda Bharwani, “women are ought to do something on maternal and infant mortality.”

The theme for the expedition, according to a press release, is “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Mrs Bharwani, a mother of three started the initiative ‘Why PAUSE’ in 2013 (a non-governmental organisation), with the aim of improving the ongoing struggles Tanzanians have to contend with, including clean water, poor medical care, maternal and infant deaths and the need to empower Tanzanians through education.

“To ensure that, the first campaign for awareness creation should be remarkable, I want the first awareness campaign to be big, and what better way than to aim for Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro,” she says in her statement.

Mrs Bharwani, who is a real estate developer, says: “It’s been a lifelong dream to reach Africa’s rooftop. By creating awareness, we hope the expedition will inspire other nations to PAUSE and contribute to this beautiful country - Tanzania.

“We hope to promote awareness that there are medical supplies sitting unused in developed nations that can be utilised in developing countries, saving lives. In turn doctors will be able to educate and empower Tanzanians.”

Funds which will be raised from this expedition through ‘Why PAUSE’ will be used to support a joint mission between AFYA Foundation and Foundation for African Medicine and Education (Fame) to provide medical supplies from North America to the remote villages of Tanzania.

Joining her are four women, Nahida Esmail, Jamila Karim, Hamidah Lalji and Suhaila Kermali, all being mothers to young children.