Empowering Rural Health Workers

December 2018

Access to quality health care is still an issue in large parts of rural Tanzania. Approximately 50% of pregnant women deliver at home, leading to unacceptably high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality.

Women and their families lack access to quality care. D-tree International is working in Zanzibar in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, to support Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to conduct home visits with pregnant women, provide advice to these women and their families, develop birth plans and support linkages to local health facilities for delivery. A mobile phone application was developed by D-tree International to support CHVs with their home based visits – particularly with identifying pregnancy danger signs and counselling on the importance of delivering under skilled care at a facility.

This use of innovative technology is only possible with access to energy. A vast majority of CHVs are not connected to the electrical grid and have no means to charge their phones on a regular basis.

This is why we have partnered with d-tree to provide solar-powered phone chargers to these health workers. With a 4400 mAh battery, a rapidly-charging solar panel and an integrated LED light, this powerful yet compact device is the perfect fit for fit for CHVs, who need to be very mobile and available at all times.

Given the program’s success we are now seeking to equip 1000 CHV’s with solar-powered phone chargers over the next 2 years. We need your help to meet this goal.

A 60 EUR donation empowers a rural Health Worker with a powerful lamp and phone charger.