A baby without a family is a tragedy.
Millions of them is a crisis.
In a time when medical advances are finding vaccines for new strains of flu, Tanzania is still gripped by poverty, disease and poor health care facilities.
23 Tanzanian women die every day from birth related complications. That is nearly one every hour. At 460 deaths per 100,000 live births, the Tanzanian Maternal Mortality Ratio is the highest ratio in East Africa. The global average is 210.
The Tanzanian prevalence of HIV is 3082 per 100,000 live births. The global average is 511. The Tanzanian incidence of malaria is 17,318 per 100,000 live births. The global average is 3752.
Tanzania has one of the worst physician to patient ratios in the world. There is only 1 doctor for every 50,000 people.
Not only is the burden of HIV/AIDs, malaria and tuberculosis unspeakably heavy but inadequate care and resources are causing women with entirely preventable complications in childbirth to die, leaving their babies orphaned. Furthermore, the effects of poverty will continue to wear down the ability of any extended family to support these orphans.
- 1.3 million children have been orphaned by AIDS alone in Tanzania.
- 40% of the population is under 14 years old.
- Less than 5% of orphans receive medical or social support.