Litcham Health Centre is supporting registered charity called Health Amplifier. It is a new concept designed to transform areas in extreme poverty. The charity is supporting people in Tanzania, an area of major concern. Poverty in Tanzania and malnutrition are rife; lives are severely affected through poor living standards and a lack of education about benefits of essential nutrition. Together we can help transform both healthcare and poverty in a way never seen before.
If you wish to donate to support us you can either come to the surgery or use a link below;
Every penny of every pound given goes to the charity!
£10 buys a whole year of health care for one person, who then earns it back by working in their village by planting fruits, trees and keeping the village clean.
We have raised over £1,200 since October 2016!
Surgery successfully organised two coffee mornings already.
Dr Julian Brown went to Tanzania in August this year. There have been exciting developments in some of the projects that the team have been working on for the past year, including:
The school has been struggling to provide food for the students over the last three months. The children are on average 25% smaller than those of the same age in England with no children in the school who are overweight.
a) Children were going from 8am – 4pm without food,
b) It costs 1.5p per student to feed them lunch.
Funding has now been confirmed to ensure all children receive lunch every day for the rest of this year.
2. Establishing a Farm in the Moshi region.
The issues faced by the school with providing food got Dr Brown thinking that he should find a solution to prevent this happening again in the future. As a result Dr Brown has now set up an organic farm to grow vegetables to support many people in the local region. The set up includes two cows to create the manure, an organic compost heap, a drip feed irrigation system and furrowed crops to maximise produce. This hopefully will help us to:
a) Educate locals in the benefits of organically grown foods;
b) Provide additional veg for the clinic for pregnant mums and breastfeeding clinic (mother and baby clinic);
c) Provide additional food for the school.
3. We have also started to establish Local Social Enterprises which means that people are working and learning to support their community. They are using coconut shells and leather to make bracelets. There is a new art school set up in Kikavu to paint pictures and we have recently started an embroidery classes for making scarves.
4. The most recent project that has been established is a Medical Safari. This is a new project which would allow ill and frail individuals from the UK to go on safari with full medical support. Dr Brown has entered into a partnership with the Tanzania-based FAME clinic who are able to use their local expertise to provide the most efficient and comprehensive support to participants on the safari.
Dr Brown came back from Tanzania at the end of February, he brought all this lovely pictures showing a visible progress on work done in the surgery and in school.
In December we organised Christmas mulled wine/hot chocolate morning in Jubilee Hall, Church Street, Litcham. We had Christmas craft stalls, hot drinks, mince pies and Father Christmas! Once again we would like to thank all patients who joined us to support our event.
In October 2016 we organised a first coffee morning in the surgery. We would like to thank everyone who participated. Surgery was full of friendly faces and we raised £711.
" I thoroughly enjoyed organising a coffee morning with the help of friends for Health Amplifier, the morning was a great success with the local community enjoying themselves at a social event while at the same time raising money for such a worthwhile charity,the short presentation and talk made it all very real to people and it showed them the work already achieved, and how every pound we raise goes such a long way in changing people's lives."
Dianne Sculfer - Health Amplifier Volunteer