Africare in the News

Families register for Africare's Community Health Fund.
Families register for Africare's Community Health Fund.

Health fund brings relief to Tarime villagers

www.dailynews.co.tz — Establishment of a Community Health Fund scheme has become a big relief to hundreds of poor families in nine rural villages of Tarime District. The scheme was introduced in the villages early last year by Africare through its Lake Zone Health and Economic Development Initiative.

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Bad credit adds to Zimbabwe’s food insecurity

www.irinnews.org — The drying-up of credit lines to the Zimbabwe government, apparent donor fatigue and a determined stand against GM foods are pushing up the price of the staple grain, maize, by nearly a third in some drought-hit areas compared to a year ago, according to humanitarian organizations and economists.

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Al Jazeera's Chika Oduah discusses Tanzania's high food production yet high malnutrition. Photo: Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera's Chika Oduah discusses Tanzania's high food production yet high malnutrition. Photo: Al Jazeera

Fruit for thought in Tanzania nutrition fight

www.aljazeera.com – Selemani Hussaini never though much about eating fruit in the past. The 46-year-old Tanzanian farmer mainly eats ugali, a thick maize-based porridge. Toss in a few cooked beans, tea or instant coffee and this completes a typical meal.

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Dr. Christopher Mfornyam mans Africare's display at USAID's third Saving Lives at Birth event. Photo: USAID
Dr. Christopher Mfornyam mans Africare's display at USAID's third Saving Lives at Birth event. Photo: USAID

Saving Lives Profile: Senegal’s Mother Mentors

www.usaid.gov – In Senegal and much of West Africa, pregnant women rarely seek out prenatal care, not because they don’t want to deliver a healthy baby, but because of traditional beliefs that discourage them from disclosing a pregnancy in its early stages.

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Jennifer James of Mom Bloggers for Social Good met Daria, a participant in Africare's Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Project. Photo: Jennifer James
Jennifer James of Mom Bloggers for Social Good met Daria, a participant in Africare's Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Project. Photo: Jennifer James

How Community Gardens are Changing Lives in Tanzania

www.impatientoptimists.org – Up in the lush Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro, Tanzania, a USAID-funded nutritional program, Mwanzo Bora (which means good start in Swahili) has been put in place to help increase local mothers’ breastfeeding rates, lower the number of expectant mothers with anemia, and provide parents with the nutritional know-how to properly feed their children a well-balanced diet.

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Bringing Better Nutrition to Tanzania’s Farmers

www.internationalreportingproject.org – Abdullah Yahya’s farm sits above the dirt road that is unfriendly to cars after it rains. Corn stalks remain in the ground, withered by a lack of recent rains. The morning rain is a good sign. Abdullah will soon uproot the failed crop and plant with the hopes of a successful harvest.

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