The health education project increases basic health knowledge and improves health attitudes and behaviors of Tanzanian youth, particularly in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention. Volunteers are assigned in communities with functioning schools, primary and secondary schools, a health center/dispensary, and a functioning village government.
Some interesting volunteer projects include:
- Helping people living with HIV/AIDS with income generating projects.
- Educating school children and the local community about health issues.
- Helping out with Home Based Care (HBC) initiatives.
Various street kids attended a health seminar that I created along with a Tanzanian counterpart, Bakari. Three of them brought in another street kid, Bu, who is deaf and does not speak and hunted down Bakari and presented his health problem. Bakari observed them and found that they were showing symptoms of advanced syphilis. Bakari escorted all four boys to the Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center at the District hospital and while Bu got the first series of penicilin, the other boys had deep discussion with a nurse about what they had recently learned about HIV/STIs prevetion. Those boys had paid attention! And they saved their friend's life. Health Volunteer in Tanzania