The Maasailand Health Project, initiated in 2010 by public health expert Mr. Tom Curry of Washington State, USA is located near Oldupai Gorge within the northern circuit of Tanzania. Tom was a tourist who went on safari in Tanzania and realized that a great deal of the foreign aid given to combat malaria was not making it to the rural villages. Tom initiated the Maasailand Health Project and teamed up with Terrawatu to provide bed nets, malaria medications, and other basic health treatments throughout several bomas in the Oldupai Gorge area.
The intervention involved education on how to properly use the bed nets, health information and guidance. The program initially started with one boma that encompassed roughly 100 people and has now evolved into providing supplies to over six bomas within the area, serving approximately 500 people. Terrawatu works very closely with the people in these bomas and has seen positive results in decreasing cases of malaria. We work with Mr. Metwiy Sabor a Maasai warrior from Oldupai, who trained to be a Community Health Worker to serve his village. Metwiy has been provided with a motorbike so that he can reach his people with supplies and transport them to hospital more easily, especially in very remote areas.