The annual health camp which has been running for a number of years, takes place in September over the course of one week and at two locations on Mafia Island – the Karibuni Onlus dispensary in Utende village and the government hospital located in Kilindoni.
Over a 1000 patients, ranging from young children to the elderly, undergo a series of essential health check-ups which include: blood pressure, diabetes, BMI check, eye screening and a dental examination. Patients in need of further treatment are given the opportunity, with the option of surgery for cataracts (if required).
Currently with a small percentage (with an increase year on year) of population participation, Karibuni Onlus are determined to address this by extending the project out to additional areas within Mafia Island and to the outlying islands.
We work in partnership with a number of organisations whom play a pivotal role in delivering this annual health camp project to the communities of Mafia Island. Our partners include:
· The Ilaya Afya Centre – provide medical expertise with personnel, volunteers and specialist equipment,
· Tanzanian government organisations – government hospital (facilities and staff) and Mafia Island Marine Park (volunteers),
· Tanzanian Businesses – Coastal Aviation, who provide transportation to the Island and funding for the project.