We are fully committed to the work we do in the community, whether that be through pro bono work, donation or participation. We are proud of our association and involvement with a variety of charities and community programs.
Didier Murcia accepted appointment as the Honorary Consul for Tanzania in 1997 and since that time our office has acted as the Consulate for Tanzania on an honorary basis. Tanzania needs to promote itself to gain much needed tourism and international financial investment in its industries. We work hard to assist and facilitate that economic development. As the Consulate, our office processes applications for visas by tourists and business visitors to Tanzania and remits funds raised by this processing to Tanzania.
Working with a number of leading Western Australian health professionals, MPH established Rafiki Surgical Missions in 2004. MPH continues to coordinate Rafiki and raise funds for its continuing growth. Since its first mission in 2004, a total of 29 surgical missions to Tanzania have changed the lives of more than 2000 Tanzanians with conditions such as cleft lip, cleft palates and burns contractures. The operations undertaken have not just helped the patients by alleviating the pain and suffering, but they have helped them become accepted members of their communities.
Volunteers from MPH have also helped Rafiki send 44 x 40 foot containers of desperately needed second-hand medical equipment to hospitals in Tanzania. With a replacement value of over $10M this equipment is greatly needed and being put to great use by hospitals, dispensaries and clinics in Tanzania.
Most recently MPH has been instrumental in establishing Australia Tanzania Young Ambassadors ("ATYA"), a non-government organisation focused on developing cross-cultural relations between youth in Australia and Tanzania. ATYA also plays a major role in assisting underprivileged schools in Tanzania. Since its establishment, 18 water wells have been drilled at schools in and around Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and 12 classrooms have been constructed. Presently, many schools in Tanzania have no water. The lack of water in a school affects the student's ability to stay at school for the full day and has a direct impact on the school's sanitation and the student's health and wellbeing. By providing these schools with water wells it is also alleviating the need for schools to spend much needed money on purchasing water and allows them to focus on purchasing necessities such as text books, paper and pencils, items that are so readily available to students here in Australia.