56 per cent of people living in rural areas worldwide still do not have access to critical healthcare, the worst instances being in Africa where 83 per cent of rural inhabitants are uncovered. This is according to The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) report (“Global evidence on inequities in rural health protection” April 2015.)
The report also states that while half the world’s population lives in rural areas, only 23 per cent of the global health workforce is deployed in these areas. Africa and Latin America are the two regions where this situation is most acute.
“This study shows that investing in rural health, as part of a national health system, is affordable and yields significant economic and social returns,” says Isabel Ortiz, Director of the ILO’s Social Protection Department.
We also share the ILO’s view that, “Progress towards universal health protection is possible in any country, irrespective of its level of income.” This is the view that we share about Kamanga village. It is a low income rural area where the presence of a health centre would overwhelmingly benefit hundreds of households.
This is why Cedar Tanzania is committed in its partnership with Sengerema District Council and local village leaders, to bring a Health Centre to the village of Kamanga.
Partner with us to see this vision become a reality, www.cedartanzania.org