Assessing a water pump for repairs  
Tanzania covers some 973,000 square km's and has a population of around 30 million, with it's commercial capital Dar es Salaam on the East coast.

Due to the rural nature of the country (76% of the population are classified and rural) resources of all kinds are spread thinly, if available at all. Population with access to safe water is 38% and population with access to health services is around 42%. Clearly this is well below European expectations and an area of activity for AvRICA.

Makiungu a village almost in the centre of Tanzania is striving to cope with a lack of clean drinking water. In the past some 6 wind powered water pumps were constructed but each has fallen into disrepair due to lack of minimal funds for maintenance. The pumps when working provided water to hundreds of families in surrounding villages over a wide area. The people in the region now have to walk miles to open wells for drinking water that are often contaminated and unsafe.

The CEO of AvRICA surveyed many windmill pumps, while flying volunteer doctors to the remote hospital to carry out much needed surgical operations on patients who otherwise would have no access to such treatment.

It is estimated that all the water can be "turned on" for around 14,000 GBP. This is way beyond the resources of the locals - and is where AvRICA and its supporters are helping. The fund for this project is increasing - we still need more money and no donation is too small. Some pumps have already been commissioned and are pumping pure drinking water to part of Makiungu village.
Throughout Kenya AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) with it's fleet of aircraft is carrying on life saving work delivering doctors, medical supplies, vaccines and casualty evacuation. This long-standing organisation dedicated to helping people in remote locations relies totally on donations. Medical equipment is desperately needed especially for use by Doctor's who's 'field kits' get continuous work exposure of the toughest kind. There are also emerging technologies such as smaller Haemoglobinometers - these provide accurate haemoglobin measurement and are essential to primary health-care as well as treatment for parasitic diseases and malnutrition. Equipment like this has an immediate and positive effect on improving survival chances - AvRICA is active in seeking funding for this kind of equipment, can you help?