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Tree Planting Fundraiser Campaign

CHT’s initiative to pay Health Insurance for children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida are the most common and disabling congenital defects, affecting approximately one in 1,000 children born in Tanzania. Due to advancements in medicine and technology over the past 40 years, the predicted lifespan of a child born with this disability has improved considerably. The focus of treatment now lies in the ongoing medical and rehabilitative management of the disability, including multiple and complex neurological, surgical, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, and urological surgical procedures, as well as long-term use of orthotic aids and mobility devices and ongoing physiotherapy regimens.

Health Insurance Access to PWDs in Tanzania

Healthcare access is the core challenge for PWPDs, which needs attention. People with Physical Disability (PWPDs) have their own health needs related to their impairments, such as physical medicine and rehabilitation. The global report shows that in 2013, among the 43 nations, 42% of people with disabilities against 6% of people without disabilities recognized their health as deprived, and 64% of PWPDs who need rehabilitation services could not access them (UN, 2018). In addition, 29% of the birth of PWPDs was not attended by qualified healthcare workers, whereby around 22% of married women with disabilities had unfulfilled family planning (UN, 2018). Over 70% of PWPDs have poor health (UN, 2018).

Although healthcare access is a fundamental human right, many barriers to accessing healthcare services among PWPDs have been reported. Cost is often one of the critical barriers. There is evidence that half of PWPDs (51-53%) cannot afford healthcare costs, while for people without disability, the proportion is only one third (32-33%). Equally, the report shows that most PWPDs live in extreme poverty in Tanzania. Regardless of the efforts made by the government of Tanzania and various stakeholders to improve access to healthcare services for PWPDs (IDS, 2020), it is still inaccessible to children with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida and other disabilities.

Plant a Tree Fundraiser Campaign

To address the problem, Child- Help Tanzania has proposed to implement a Tree Planting Fundraiser Campaign that aims to raise TZS 58,000,000 which is equivalent to US$ 20,016 through planting 1,220 trees in public/open spaces, public primary and secondary schools as well as in public health centers’ compounds. The project will be implemented in Dar es Salaam Region. Child-Help Tanzania will establish fourteen (14) Tree Gardens for Corporate Clients; each garden will contain 30 trees whereby each tree will be sold to corporates for TZS 100,000 which is equivalent to US$ 40. Tree Gardens for individuals will also be established whereby 800 trees will be planted and each tree will be sold to individuals for TZS 20,000 which is equivalent to US$ 4.

Campaign Objectives

Plant a Tree fundraiser campaign strives to achieve the following objectives:

Expected Results

We expect that at the end of the campaign, 1,220 trees will have been planted in public spaces, public schools as well as in public health centers whereby TZS 58,000,000 will have been raised to finance health insurance to 100 infants from Dar es Salaam region for the duration of 12 months.

Environmentally, planting trees holds a significant place in creating a sustainable and thriving environment. By planting and emphasizing planting trees in schools, public spaces and health centers, we nurture a sense of environmental responsibility in students and community members, fostering their understanding and appreciation for nature’s importance. Trees in schools and health centers will not only beautify the environment, but will also provide a conducive environment for learning and working.

CHT requests Endorsement Letter to facilitate the Tree Planting Fundraiser Campaign’s execution - 12.2023

Upon proposing the campaign titled ‘Plant a tree to Pay Health insurance for infants with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus’, CHT submitted a request to the Dar es Salaam City Council for an Indorsement letter to facilitate the campaign’s Implementation……

Expert’s intervention suggests a new strategic approach, prioritizes Health Insurance as the key to Healthcare Sustainability - 2024

Child-Help Tanzania initially held a tree planting fundraiser campaign that lasted from January to October 2023. The goal was extensive, to provide life-long care for children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. With each tree donated, a child would receive essential life-long care services including health insurance, education, economic empowerment, assistive devices,etc. CHT succeeded to plant…….

Tree Planting Campaign at Victoria Secondary School, Dar es Salaam - 25.10.2023

On the 25TH of October, World Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Day, CHT began celebrating this special day by planting a tree. Tamara, a 3rd year student at Victoria High School, together with her two sisters, donated a tree for our children. We visited Tamara at school and requested to plant her tree there. She promised to take good care of it. We thank her and everyone who has donated to give a better life to children with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Tree planting Fundraiser Campaign at House of Hope Kitongo, Mwanza - 14.06.2023

During the National CIC Workshop Held at Kitongo House of Hope, Mwanza (14th-23rd June, 2023) we had the honor of welcoming participants from various related fields of work. Some of the particiants donated trees for our children including……

Official Initiation of the Tree Planting Fundraiser Campaign Held at the Institute of Social Work (ISW), Dar es Salaam – 16.05.2023

On the Institute’s Career Day celebration, several related organizations were invited including Child-Help Tanzania. As part of the program, the institute proudly hosted our tree planting fundraiser campaign’s official initiation…..