Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

28 January 2013

Tanzania: NCCA Donation Benefits Villagers in Karatu

Karatu — RESIDENTS of the remote Kambi-ya-Simba Village in Mbulu-Mbulu Ward of Karatu District have every reason to smile; their area is soon going to have two modern maternity wards.

As their newly built Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) facility is nearing completion, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority has injected 40 million/- for the construction of another maternity ward, for mothers and children in the area.

"Kambi-ya-Simba is among 15 villages in Karatu District that directly borders the NCAA, which means local residents also assist in conservation of wildlife and natural forests," explained Mr Selustin Halu, the Community Development Officer with Ngorongoro Conservation.

According to Mr Halu, the NCAA has so far spent nearly 500 million/- for community development projects covering health, education and water, as well as livestock development in 15 villages for the past ten years.

The Karatu District Commissioner, Mr Felix Ntibenda, who officially handed over the 40m/- cheque to the village management, said he intends to have the two medical facilities inaugurated by this year's Freedom Torch race between May and June.

"We may even upgrade the dispensary to serve as special health centre due to its advanced medical facilities," said the DC. The Kambi-ya-Simba Village Chairman, Mr Damian- John Anatoly, said there were very few villages in Tanzania that can boast of such advanced health facilities, adding, "The difference here is that while others are busy doing politics, the residents of Kambi-ya-Simba are working," he said.

Kambi-ya-Simba has a population of around 6,650 residents clustered in 1,040 households who are mostly involved in farming activities. "We also have two primary schools and a secondary school," said Mr Anatoly, adding that the ongoing construction of the RHC facility, which will cost 40 mil/-, was mostly due to community efforts while the second one to be established at the Kambi-ya-Simba dispensary, will be constructed entirely from the 40 mil/- donated by NCAA.

Speaking in Arusha recently, the Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, told an international health meeting here that Tanzania intends to have a dispensary in each and every village by 2017, at that time the country should also be having a health centre in every ward.

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