Despite being so isolated, the future and fate of the Lake Tanganyika Basin could not be more connected to the rest of the world. Rich in natural resources, like oil and minerals, and a place of enormous environmental importance because it contains one fifth of the world’s fresh water, the lake exists at the nexus of several global struggles and is increasingly attracting the attention of outside interests ranging from multi-national energy and mining corporations to global powers. The lake region is home to millions of indigenous and displaced poor, spread across four countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi and Zambia.
Recognizing the complexity of the region, the organization has mobilized itself to engage on policy, legislation and technologies that promote effective development, transparency and ensure the safety of Lake Tanganyika’s populations. We have begun to produce white papers and articles that highlight key issues, provide objective analysis, and name specific opportunities and risks that decision makers should know about. Earlier this year, we released “From Curse to Cure: A Special Report on the Impact of Energy Exploration & Production in the Lake Tanganyika Basin” to expose the vulnerability of the Lake Tanganyika watershed and ensure it is properly protected—as the ecological health of the lake is inextricably tied to the health of the people living along its shores. Download the paper here >>
We are bringing new ways of working, new thinking and new energy to one of the most neglected, yet important places on Earth. Watch footage of our efforts here >>
- Big Plans for 2016
After an incredibly busy 2015, the LTFHC/WAVE is poised to launch into an impactful 2016 with a series of exciting programs, from direct service provision to critical infrastructure improvements affecting communities in the Lake Tanganyika Basin, and beyond:
Innovation in Malaria Control: In January, we will begin the first phase of our extensive research into bed net misuse and alternative vector control methods in water-based communities– a scoping exercise to gather extensive cross-sectoral baseline data that includes public health, socio-economic, fisheries, and environmental indicators in at least 65 villages along the Congolese coast of Lake Tanganyika.
Access Lake Tanganyika: Facilitated by the LTFHC/WAVE and supported by British Telecom and other telecom partners, this exciting public-private partnership to bring a comprehensive mobile network to the Lake Tanganyika Basin plans to conduct its first partners’ planning meeting in conjunction with the GSMA Mobile World Conference in February in Barcelona.
Continued Radio Network Expansion: We will expand our HF radio network to 18 additional remote health centers in the DRC, impacting an estimated 150,000 people where needs are most acute. We also have plans to develop and pilot a user-friendly medical informatics tablet application in cooperation with our tech partners.
Extending Family Planning to Kigoma Region: Year Two of our comprehensive contraception program, funded by Hivos International, will support family planning education, health care worker training, and long- and short-term contraception distribution in rural Kigoma, Tanzania.
Water Purification: Supported by P&G, we will begin a substantial distribution of water purification materials to remote areas in the DRC. These efforts will coincide with other LTFHC water, sanitation, and hygiene programming.
Water-based Health Care: Have We Missed the Boat? We will release our next white paper in 2016. This paper will provide an overview of issues facing the hundreds of millions of people who live near water and highlight innovative approaches to make the case for a new model of health care for littoral and coastal communities.
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Thank you again for your support. Cheers to 2016!
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