Overview of Blue Cross Tansania
- Non-governmental organization
- Voluntary organization. The Blue Cross is introduced in early 1996. Founded in 2006.
- 10 volunteers work for BC Tanzania
- Active in the regions of Arusha, Morogoro - Ifakara, Mwanza and Mtwara.
- Main areas of activity: prevention and education (especially young people), fight against poverty, HIV / AIDS and social exclusion especially in relation to alcohol and other drugs. Provide information to the community about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
- Protect children and educate people on the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse by building awareness.
Q&A with Dr. Robert Mlugu, Member of BC TanzaniaDr. Robert Mlugu
1. Why is the Blue Cross work important to you?
Because it helps to change the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol abuse by building awareness. It has changed my life. I used to drink every day. The Blue Cross members taught me how to stop, influencing and transforming my life. My family is shappy with this transformation and I am free. The money used to buy bottles of beer is now used to buy food and other essentials for my family and to send my children to school.
2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work - if so, which aspects?
Yes I am convinced of the impact of my work. Awareness-building programmes have improved the lives of those people affected. The work and influence of the Blue Cross is very important. I was nothing to my family, I didn't support them and I would beat my children when I returned home from the local bar.
3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?
When I was introduced to the Blue Cross Tanzania prevention programme, their objectives and values, I learnt about the effects of alcohol on my health. The programme influences young people in their attitude and behaviour towards drugs and how drugs and alcohol can ruin their lives.
4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?
For me Blue Cross Tanzania is an organization which educates and transforms people's lives. However, due to a lack of funds, the BC cannot expand and open more centres. This is a big challenge.
5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider as your most important project?
The most important programme in my country is the prevention programme because it tackles issues to improve people's lives and the life of the community.