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 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 >>
- Check out footage from LTFHC’s Kirando Facilities Upgrade
Our programmatic team was hard at work last month conducting a facilities upgrade in Rukwa, Tanzania at Kirando Health Centre, the area’s main health care provider intended to serve roughly 250,000 persons. Kirando was in desperate need of infrastructural improvements, so our team installed a new and improved solar power system, constructed a well productive of clean, safe water and modernized the operating rooms.
During the upgrade, we worked closely with health care workers (HCWs) at this facility to take ownership of the new systems and equipment and also used this opportunity to retrain HCWs on LTFHC’s electronic medical record (EMR) system installed at Kirando and surrounding health centers earlier this year. We will be returning later this year to dig a new well and hook up the (repaired) plumbing pipes, which will complete this upgrade.