Touch Foundation, Inc.
- New York
SAVING LIVES IN RURAL AFRICA:
The Touch Foundation is bringing vital healthcare services to patients with the greatest unmet medical needs in sub-Saharan Africa. Touch has trained hundreds of healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, lab technicians and pharmacists and is now working to ensure these health professionals reach the patients who need them. Through collaborative partnerships with the Tanzanian and US governments, Touch is working to bring healthcare workers and clinical teaching faculty into the remote regions of Tanzania to save lives in rural Africa.Our current public and private investors tell us that our combination of effective action, innovation and long term sustainability is why they continue to support our work. We will improve the healthcare situation in sub-Saharan Africa only if we tackle problems in context through engaging local organizations and government from the beginning.
The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the shortage of trained health workers -- doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and others -- is a fundamental barrier to improving health around the world. Without trained healthcare workers, no amount of money, medication or equipment can save lives. In fact, sub-Saharan Africa carries 25% of the global disease burden but tragically has only 3 percent of the world's health workers. This shortage is a major factor in the very poor maternal mortality rates in most African countries.
Tanzania has only one MD per 33,000 patients - but the situation is even worse is rural districts where there is just one doctor for 1,000,000 people. Coupled with the particularly high disease burden in rural areas, doctors and healthcare workers who practice there are overwhelmed by the scale of the health needs. As a result, these healthcare workers suffer from isolation from peers and lack of access to career development -- all factors which contribute to a high attrition rate of rural healthcare workers.
The Touch Foundation is committed to providing Tanzania with the tools to combat the crisis.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO:
- Approach problem solving with rigorous analysis. We understand the real challenges faced and ensure our resources and those of our partners are directed efficiently to obtain the greatest possible impact.
- Work in partnership. With the Tanzanian Government, hospital management and community leaders, we ensure that our work supports national strategic goals so that successful programs can continue under local ownership into the future.
- Collaborate with the public and private sectors. We can leverage the experience of donor agencies, leading medical and not-for-profit institutions, corporate partners and private individuals to develop innovative and sustainable solutions.
Touch Foundation is a secular, not-for-profit, registered 501(c)(3) organization.