Dr Amos Nyirenda describes how he and his team at Amref Health Africa are helping to make sure rural communities such as Tandahimba have the tools and knowledge they need to help prevent malaria.
In a country like Tanzania where malaria is endemic, the disease brings a heavy human and economic cost. Most prevalent in the rainy season when agricultural productivity is at its peak, malaria particularly affects women and children who are often farmers within the community. This can result in a dramatic decline in family income. Without the resources to access healthcare, communities in rural districts such as Tandahimba face a daily threat from malaria.
After working for almost 12 years as a doctor, I wanted to help prevent some of the devastating diseases that I had spent my career trying to treat. Having grown up in the Tabora region in Tanzania, I had seen first-hand the impact public health organisations can have preventing diseases and wanted to fulfil my dream of working for an international health development agency. Now, as a Programme Manager for Amref’s Clinical and Diagnostics Programme, I serve as the primary point of contact and collaborator between the project teams, implementation partners, donors, government partners and communities. After eight years working for Amref I continue to be driven by the positive effect our work is having on the lives of Tanzanians in need of better healthcare.