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Health Program

Our aim is to empower communities for sustainable access to health care.

Care for Africa Health programs flourish due to our successful and sustainable Rural School Health Clinic. 

We are proud to work with our Tarime counterparts, sharing resources and knowledge, and building capacity to establish mentorship for Tarime Health Professionals.  

The Health Team

Dr Selena Saykao – Director

Diana Butler OAM – CEO

Abdallah Obedi – Country Manager

Phales Yohana Buluma​ – Clinic Leader


Rural School Health Clinics

Each year Care for Africa runs health clinics in the eight rural primary schools (list them here). The Rural School Health Clinics are run by our Tanzanian counterparts and Australian volunteers including doctors and nurses. 

Our team triages, de-worms, assesses and manages referrals to other health facilities or specialised personnel for ongoing treatment. 

The clinics are run in the community schools, which provides an opportunity for children who might otherwise miss out on health care. 

Each year our eight Rural Health Care School clinics treats more than 5,000 children. 


Care for Children Program

The Care for Children program was created to provide surgical and medical opportunities to children with physical disabilities. The program includes surgical intervention and rehabilitation. Like all of our programs, this program was established to meet requests; In this instance from those living with disabilities. 

Nadia* aged 9 presented at our clinics in 2015 with bilateral talipes. Ghati battled to walk due to her two feet being turned backwards. In 2018 , Nadia spent nine months in "Plaster House" Arusha to have a series corrective surgery, plaster castings and rehabilitation. She now enjoys walking with her both feet pointing forward. She can play, run, attend school every day and collect water like all her other friends in her village and school.

*Name changed to protect identity

Success Story

A special thank you to Dr Jane James for donating funds to purchase 88 smart phones for the Tarime District Health Insurance Program.

The phones are being used as minicomputers, to collect names of all community members, registering those who are eligible for health insurance. These individuals are the poorest and most marginalised in their communities.  

One phone per community was purchased, which has given the Tarime District Health Program the capacity to register up to 500,000 people. All information is currently being collated and stored in the Tanzanian National Health Data System. This would not have been possible without Dr Jane James.

5,000+ Children

Rural School clinics saw over 5,000 children on their last visit

68% had Malaria

Students were tested for malaria and 974 of the 1908 students tested positive.

5,222 Children

5222 Children were treated for intestinal worms and rampant parasitic infection.

The invaluable efforts of all our volunteers and our Tanzanian colleagues has made itself evident with ongoing falls in disease incidents rates and increases in school attendance of primary school aged children.

Dr Selena Saykao

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  • 8 Rural Primary Schools
  • Over 5,000 children seen
  • Malaria mass screening 68% tested positive and were successfully treated
  • Malaria testing by clinical signs 62% tested positive and were successfully treated
  • Diarrhoea 2% tested positive compared to the majority of children tested positive pre installation of a deep water well


These clinics are run annually in conjunction with the Care for Africa volunteer program.

They are run in partnership with the Tarime District Hospital and Care for Africa, which are overseen by the Tarime District Medical Officer Dr Hamidu.

The partnership between Care for Africa and The Tarime District is set up to ensure that knowledge, resources and expertise is shared to maximise the quality of health care delivered to the outlying rural communities that we serve.

The primary objectives of our partnership are:

  • Run effective de-worming programs for children above the age of five and adults within the communities.
    • To build capacity, job training and mentorship of Tarime Doctors and Nurses in the operation of the Rural School Health Clinics

The secondary objectives of our partnership are:

  • To work together in optimising health care delivery in the Tarime Government Hospital.
  • The provision of medical equipment to the Tarime Government Hospital and Dispensaries in the communities where we are already committed.
  • The sharing of the available health care workers
    • The sharing of infrastructure to facilitate patient management and transport through the Tarime Government Hospital facilities

Over four weeks, each school child is seen, assessed and given the opportunity to have both acute and chronic medical concerns addressed. Our team of Tanzanian health professionals and Australian volunteers deliver a wealth of health expertise to our rural community schools – doctors, nurses, paramedics, laboratory technicians, pharmacists, social workers and essential non-medical roles.

Eight (8) Primary Schools

  1. Kongo Primary School
  2. Mtana Primary School
  3. Kebhosere Primary School
  4. Bisarwi Primary School
  5. Nyamerambaro Primary School
  6. Kiterere Primary School
  7. Sombanyasoko Primary School and
  8. Surubu Primary School

Activities within the clinics

  1. Heights and weights
  2. Deworming
  3. Triage
  4. Checking Vital Signs
  5. Malaria Testing
  6. Minor Procedures such as Wound Dressing
  7. Medication administration
  8. Referrals to the Tarime Government or Bugando (Mwanza) Hospital for further investigation and management
  9. Referrals to Plaster House or Asante Rafiki for treatment and care for chronic debilitating health conditions such as burns, contractures and talipes.
  10. Statistics (Data Collection)