90 needy children in Dar get free NHIF cards

29May 2020
Beatrice Philemon
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
90 needy children in Dar get free NHIF cards

​​​​​​​NINETY children from poor households in Dar es Salaam's Temeke District have benefited from free National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) cards enabling them to access quality medical services in various hospitals.

Funded by a South Korean-Holt Children’s Service in collaboration with the Women in Social Entrepreneurship (WISE), the support worth 4.54m/- considered children with chronic diseases such as sickle cell (SCD), Asthma, stomach ulcers, heart disease and others.

Speaking, Holt Children’s Service Programme Manager, Vaileth Loy said they have offered NHIF cards through its three-year project dubbed: “Improvement of Social Welfare of Underprivileged families," which is implemented in Keko Mwanga B in Temeke.

She said the main goal is to help them improve their health, stay safe while at home and school, access high quality health services and enjoy what they study in school.

“We have decided to give them NHIF identity cards after discovered that it is very hard for their parents to help them access quality health care services in hospitals due to high cost of the medical services,” she said.

 Apart from that, Holt in collaboration with WISE have donated food items that including 10kg of rice and 5kg of beans to each child who they support.

Elaborating on Improvement of Social Welfare of Underprivileged families and Children in Keko Mwanga B, she said this is three years project that is being implemented at Keko Mwanga B targeting 100 Keko Mwanga pre/primary school children and 25 vulnerable single mothers.

The main goal is to reduce school dropout rates by contributing in improving quality of education as well as improve the income and quality of life of single mothers’ households by providing economic empowerment programme.

Under the project, children from poor families receive learning materials such as exercise books, English and math textbooks, pencils, school uniforms, shoes and catch up classes after school hours.

 For her part, Nikolina Nyakunga, a 68- year woman who lives in Keko Mwanga thanked Holt and WISE for their generous support to the poor families in the area.

According to her, the organisations have supported her grandson with various supports including basic needs and health services.

 “Before getting this card, it was very difficult for my grandson to access health services because my poverty situation bared me from sending him in standard health centres, I normally depend on my neighbours or relatives to get support for medical treatment, I am so happy to get this card," she added.

She called on Holt and WISE to continue supporting more children from poor families because the demand is very huge.

For his part, Keko Mwanga B ward chairman, Hamza Zayumba said although Holt and WISE have donated NHIF cards and food items, the demand is very high in terms of NHIF card health insurance, food items because there are a lot of poor families.

"Currently Keko Mwanga B ward has more than 4000 poor families that need food items, health insurance and improvement of houses," he said,

According to him, majority of residents in the area are living in poor houses that are not durable, requiring constant repairs.

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