Access to health services and facilities is a basic human right. Yet throughout many areas of the developing world this right is denied to many people. In Tanzania, public health, maternal health, family planning and malaria are key areas of concern. And throughout the isolated island communities of Lake Victoria where Bahari Bounty Group operates, fishermen, women and their families often lack basic health and social services.
We’re committed to promoting health and wellbeing among our workforce and the wider community, and have implemented a range of projects to support this goal.
From the provision of basic sanitation facilities to major investment in postnatal infrastructure, we dedicate time, money and resources to improving people’s health. We also meet our community health commitments under the Naturland Standards for Sustainable Capture Fishery.
As part of our commitment to women’s health, we’ve invested over $140,000 in a 36-bed postnatal ward in Dar es Salaam. In 2014 we donated additional equipment worth $17,000, including an ultrasound machine, digital blood pressure machines and drip stands. And we’re providing ongoing training and development to help motivate nursing staff both on the ward and elsewhere.
This is a subject that is close to our hearts, and we’ll continue to offer our support to maternity wards in a number of ways. Even the smallest offering like tea, coffee, bread or sugar can have a real positive impact on the nursing staff. We also want to help raise national awareness of these issues and galvanise meaningful action.
Meanwhile, across the five islands of Makikwa, Nyaburo, Kelebe, Nyabesiga and Musira, we coordinate monthly mobile clinics to ensure our workers can access regular health checks, vaccinations and counselling. An estimated 2,000-3,000 people currently enjoy this service.
To encourage hand-washing and hygiene, we’ve constructed sanitary facilities at the Igabilo fishing camp and public toilets on various sites. These developments, along with our water initiatives , are aimed at improving personal health and minimising contamination of fish products.
And to help protect our people and their families from malaria, we’re supporting national campaign efforts by donating treated mosquito nets to local community members.