Vine Trust volunteers help build a brighter future in Tanzania Published: 15 Aug 2017

Vine Trust has had an exceptionally busy summer of Home-Building in Tanzania, with over 170 dedicated volunteers, working in collaboration with our in-country partners, Tanzania Women Research Foundation (TAWREF), supporting sustainable development projects in the Moshi region.

Throughout June and July 2017, 5 School Expedition teams, composed of pupils and staff from 8 UK Schools, in addition to the university student…

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Forth Hope sets sail on epic voyage to the Amazon Published: 15 Aug 2017

Vine Trust’s new medical ship, Forth Hope, set sail from Babcock’s Rosyth site in Scotland on the morning of Wednesday 26th July, beginning an epic 6,600 mile transatlantic delivery voyage to the Amazonian city of Iquitos, Peru.

Fresh from its recent outfitting, undertaken by Babcock with the support of 30 marine businesses, Forth Hope and its crew got underway early on Wednesday morning, making their way under the River Forth’s 3…

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HRH The Princess Royal names Forth Hope Published: 31 May 2017

On Saturday 20th May, Vine Trust was delighted to welcome our patron, HRH The Princess Royal, to name our new medical vessel, “MV Forth Hope”, at Babcock International in Rosyth.

The Amazon-bound 35 metre Forth Hope, currently being outfitted in a project supported by Babcock and 30 marine and medical organisations, sailed into Rosyth at the end of 2016 to…

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2018 Medical Expedition Dates Announced Published: 31 May 2017

Vine Trust is delighted to announce 2018 Expedition dates for both our Jubilee Hope Medical Programme on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, and our Amazon Hope Medical Programme on the Peruvian Amazon.

Be part of a clinical team making an extraordinary difference in some of the world's most vulnerable communities. With regular 2-week expeditions throughout 2018, use your medical, dental or nursing skills to provide primary healthcare to riverine communities on the Amazon or to people living…

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#FloatTheBoat Crowdfunding Published: 21 Mar 2017

Since 2003 Vine Trust has been involved in delivering primary health care on the Peruvian Amazon and more recently on Lake Victoria Tanzania, utilising ex Royal Navy vessels. This new ship MV Forth Hope will build on our 1.2 million treatments already given on the Amazon by adding capacity for up to 100,000 additional treatments per year. Over the next 20 years Forth Hope is expected to deliver an additional…

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“Is there a doctor in the house?” - Kenny Holt Published: 06 Mar 2017

An article by Kenny Holt, Vine Trust Medical Programme Manager.

There is no doubt that the availability and recruitment of suitably qualified personnel plays a fundamental role in the provision of quality health services. Despite significant improvements in the healthcare system in recent years, Tanzania still faces challenges in training, recruiting, retaining and distributing health professionals to meet the medical needs of its population of just over 49 million.

In the…

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Introducing the “Tanzania Twenty” Published: 01 Mar 2017

In June 2017, twenty scholars from the Robertson Trust will be travelling to Tanzania to work alongside Vine Trust and our local partners on a home-building expedition. The Robertson Trust is currently the largest independent trust in Scotland which supports vulnerable people and communities in Scotland, encouraging young people to become future leaders and global citizens with a spirit of giving back to communities. Dubbed the “Tanzania Twenty”, the scholars…

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Jubilee Hope tackles HIV on Lake Victoria Published: 23 Jan 2017

An estimated 1.5 million people in Tanzania are HIV-positive, that's 1 in 20 of the country's citizens. Despite significant effort and investment progress in reducing the spread of HIV infection in Tanzania continues to be slow. The need for HIV services, both preventative and clinical, is huge, especially amongst high-risk and vulnerable groups such as the nomadic fishing communities on Lake Victoria. Vine Trust's Jubilee Hope Medical Programme works to reach…

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Vine Trust wins national recognition for Amazon project Published: 13 Dec 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, it's incredible to think that the Amazon Hope Medical Programme has been providing health services to remote villages in Peru for 14 years. 

Connecting people to change lives continues to be at the heart of the Amazon Hope Programme. This was highlighted on the national stage earlier this year when the programme was announced as the 2016 winner of Best Practice in Public…

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Forth Hope’s Maiden Voyage Published: 03 Oct 2016

We are delighted to announce that MV Forth Hope, Vine Trust’s first ever new medical vessel, is undertaking its delivery voyage. Having departed from Albion Dockyard in Bristol, the ship made its way along the Caledonian Canal and past the Forth Rail Bridge en route to Rosyth, where it will be fitted out by Babcock International and various subcontractors over the winter months.

We would like to thank…

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