The LTFHC implements programs affecting millions at the last mile of healthcare in the Lake Tanganyika Basin and is accelerating efforts to build a floating medical and research facility. The ship serves as our platform to improve public health, encourage riparian cooperation and security, and promote environmentally responsible development.
Holding nearly a fifth of Earth’s fresh water and over 600 unique species, Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s great eco-systems and also a major source of industrial minerals, timber, and petroleum. Consequently, the basin is fast emerging as one of the world’s most strategically significant places – and much is at stake.
Founded in 2009, the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC) has found new and effective ways of working in this isolated region by developing efficient models for healthcare delivery and health systems building, improving supply chains and communications capacity and promoting smart, cross-sector development. Our work has extended to disease mitigation programs, education and, for the first time, the gathering of valuable health data.
A key feature of our work is local engagement, whether it’s by collaborating with traditional healers to create a catalogue of medicinal plants (building mutual trust as well as knowledge), or by introducing local officials to their cross-border counterparts. The fact is that we have become active participants in the Lake Tanganyika Basin and sought-after experts on the region and are proud to be so.
Through ongoing policy initiatives, including our forthcoming white paper examining energy exploration and production in the basin, LTFHC’s impact reaches far beyond the lake and into the global policy space, allowing us to work with myriad stakeholders to bring transparency, good governance, local content, and dialogue about crucial issues that heretofore have not been widely discussed publicly.