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Tanzania: AMREF’s ‘Africa Classic’ Heals 12,000 Fistula Patients

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THE annual Africa Classic cycling events have helped foot surgical bills to more than 10,000 local women, who have been suffering from Fistula related ailments.

That was said here recently by Amref Health Africa, Tanzania Resident Director, Dr Florence Temu , who organizes the Africa Classic Humanitarian Motorcycling event that races around Mount Kilimanjaro every year.

She said that more than 12,000 women, who have been suffering from fistula in the country, have been treated, as she thanks the annual cycling event known as ‘Africa Classic.’

“We support a total of 41 Hospitals in Tanzania with medical equipment, surgical tools, training of staff and other health assistance,” further said Dr Temu.

Amref Health also fights against Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage among young girls and ailments such as HIV-Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The organisation also works to support Reproductive Health and Youth Health.

In this year’s ‘Africa Classic event about 85 riders took part in competitions where the first batch competitors were going round Africa’s highest peak for six days, covering 400 kilometers.

The second batch is currently registering in Netherlands and this will take off next week after the first team would have completed their circle. Last year the expedition raised 2.3 billion/-, where nearly 100 volunteers from the Netherlands took part with the aim of raising funds to foot health initiatives in East Africa.