Ace Africa - Tanzania -2020
Responding to Covid-19 - Food packages for vulnerable children
Children and communities who are empowered healthy and self sufficient
After the first case of COVID-19 was reported on 15 March, Tanzania has been underlockdown. The officially reported number of cases is currently low, however the data released by the government is questionable and it is widely believed that the true numbers are much higher. Videos of night burials circulating on social media add weight to this belief.
Tanzania has a struggling and limited health system, there are 1.6 million people living with HIV and a growing infection rate (UNAIDS, 2019). The economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic will be devasting and long-lasting for vulnerable communities who were already struggling on a day to day basis.
Ace Africa Tanzania has been officially requested by the Ministry of Health to support COVID-19 rapid response activities in the Arusha Region and Sengerema District, Mwanza Region, to limit the spread of the virus and its wider impact on health and wellbeing. Ace Africa is extremely well placed to reach vulnerable groups and high-risk individuals including (a) Maasai population at risk because of their migration habits, lack of information and limited access to clean water (b) people living with HIV, with limited access to treatment and healthy meals.
This application aims to tackle child hunger by providing targeted food packages to 80 of the most vulnerable households for a 3 month period and will work alongside the other ALMT funded project. Just £25 covers the cost of one monthly food package containing essential food items, cooking oil and soap. All food packages will be distributed through government offices and local health facilities, to minimise any risk of abuse by the public or endangering of Ace’s staff.