Christmas Gifts Published: 30 Nov 2018

As Christmas approaches, why not have a look at the Vine Trust 2019 Calendars, Notelets or our new selection of Gift Aid Cards ...... they make super Christmas presents. 

  • 2019 Calendar ...... now only £5.   

Each picture on our calendar and notelets was taken by a volunteer. 

Gift Aid cards are avialble to help support the medical and dental work on both the Amazon and on Lake Victoria, while…

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Connections Issue 33 Published: 14 Nov 2018

The lastest issue of Connections is now available to read and download. 

Keep up to date with our medical, home building and school programmes as well as see our 2019 calandar and gift aid cards - excellent Christmas presents. 

Click here to view. 

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Supporting the development of local students on Jubilee Hope Published: 15 Oct 2018

The Jubilee Hope programme is delighted to have welcomed 2 medical students from Bugando University (Mwanza), who volunteered as part of the recent visit to the island of Bumbire.

Opportunities to participate in the development and capacity building of local health workers is something that Vine Trust is deeply passionate about and we hope that these students will be the first of many to benefit from working with the Jubilee…

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Exciting New Construction Project: Kazunzu Village of Hope Published: 03 Oct 2018

We are excited to announce the launch of the largest building project ever to be undertaken by Vine Trust!

Kazunzu Village of Hope will be a centre of excellence in providing a future, education and training, constructed on a piece of land to the West of Mwanza, on the shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. The village will consist of clusters of individual homes, housing up to six orphans and…

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Project Complete ! Published: 01 Oct 2018

The Rev Sheila Moir and the Parish Churches of Maxton & Mertoun linked with Newtown linked with St Boswells launched a 3 year project in August 2015 to fundraise to build a home in Tanzania. Their project now complete, Martin Holt (Chief Operating Officer, Vine Trust) attended a United Service at St Boswells to give an update of Vine Trust’s work in Tanzania and receive a cheque from Inez McCall…

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Doors Open 2018 Published: 28 Sep 2018

Vine Trust will be taking part in this year's Edinburgh Doors Open Event.   The Barge will be open to the public from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 29th September, and 1pm - 4pm on Sunday 30th September. Visit us to see our award-winning office & rental space. If you are available to lend our team a hand, come aboard and tell vistors about your experience with Vine Trust!

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They’re here!!! Published: 14 Sep 2018

!!!They're here!!!


Our 2019 calendars and notelets are now available to buy, along with our Gift Aid Cards, so head over to the shop to get yours!


Filled with Vine Trust volunteer photos and quotes, these new products not only look fantastic, they are totally unique and even better, support the work of the Trust.


Want to purchase by cheque instead? Just download our printable…

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Happy 1st Birthday Forth Hope Published: 10 Sep 2018

Happy Birthday Forth Hope!

This week we are celebrating Forth Hope being in service on the Amazon for one year. And what a year it has been! She has carried out 117,760 primary healthcare consultations and hosted 111 volunteers on board.
Thank you once again to everyone who has been a part of her epic first year. The first of many, as she continues to bring hope to the…

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Vine Trust Squad Head & Neck Buffs Published: 28 Aug 2018

Now Available – Vine Trust SQUAD Scarf

Looking for a stylish, comfortable head and neck buff to protect you from the sun?
Whether you are on a work site in Moshi constructing homes with our partners, on the Forth Hope on the Peruvian Amazon or in your back garden, a Vine Trust styled buff is a great way to keep cool. Buy direct from the supplier for £15 and…

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2019 Building Expedition Dates Released Published: 16 Aug 2018

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Building Expedition applications are now open.

All of our building expeditions are suitable for any volunteer aged 18 – 70, but you may find that one of our new trips particularly appeals to you:

April: Spend your Easter break building a home for a vulnerable family with like-minded individuals. You will spend around 10 days on worksites and visiting local cultural places of interest,…

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New Gift Cards Arrive Published: 13 Aug 2018

We are very excited to release our new medical and dental gift aid cards! To celebrate their arrival we have a promotion running for the next month which means you can purchase a Peru or Tanzania set of 3 cards for £30!

Each card features a photograph on the front, on one inner side there is a description of how the card can support Vine Trust's work and also a blank page…

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Photo Competition! Published: 01 Aug 2018

We are looking for dynamic and colourful pictures which illustrate your Vine Trust volunteering experience. The theme of the competition is ‘My Vine Trust Volunteering Experience’. Please read the below instructions and send your entry(s) to with the subject: Photo Competition. 

Good Luck! 

Entry Requirements

-The competition is open to all Vine Trust volunteers

-The picture may be of volunteering activity or the places and people you connected with.

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A Volunteering Hat-Trick Published: 23 Jul 2018

As volunteering charity, Vine Trust has three types of volunteering opportunity: home building expeditions, school expeditions and medical expeditions. Today, we are celebrating our first ever volunteer to go on all three expeditions!

Dawn Gilles has just returned from a medical expedition on Jubilee Hope. She has previously partaken in two home building expeditions and one school expedition.

Dawn had the following to say about her experiences with Vine Trust:

‘It's been…

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The Sun Sets on Summer School Expeditions Published: 23 Jul 2018

What a summer it has been. 

Over the course of five weeks, 97 pupils and teachers from six Scottish schools took part in Vine Trust volunteer expeditions to Tanzania & Peru.

Working alongside local builders, the teams in Tanzania constructed eight family homes around Moshi while the team in Peru team built a large brick driveway for New Hope Children's Home in Arequipa. A lot of hard work is packed into…

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Collaboration with Napier University Published: 26 Jun 2018

Vine Trust is delighted to announce that it has signed a Student Placement Agreement with Edinburgh Napier University School of Health and Social Care.

Representatives of the University (photo) visited the Vine Trust Barge to finalise the discussions which have been taking place over the past few months.

This collaboration will see Vine Trust and Napier University work together to provide overseas volunteering opportunities in the Peruvian Amazon and Tanzania…

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100th Home Opening Ceremony Published: 06 Jun 2018

In the spirit of Volunteers' Week 2018, there was a wonderful celebration of the work that our volunteers contribute to in Moshi this week.

Our Vision Trip team, led by Vine Trust Chairman Albert Bogle and Vice Chairman Alec Carstairs, took part in the opening ceremony of our 100th home for the family of Eva Maria.

This home was the product of the hard work from our April General Home-Building…

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2019 Medical Expeditions Now Open Published: 01 May 2018

We are delighted to announce that expedition dates for 2019 medical expeditions are now live and open for application.

Jump on board in 2019! Apply here:



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A House for Mama Maria Published: 20 Apr 2018

One of our volunteers from the April General Construction Team shared this video of their time in Tanzania and in the building of a home for Mama Maria. 

Please click here to watch and share in their experience. 

If you would be keen to get involved and have your own experience of Tanzania, please go to 

 Home Building Expeditions and find out more information about our October trip. 


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**Vine Trust Double Red Letter Day** Published: 10 Apr 2018

Today, April 10th 2018, is a very exciting and important day for Vine Trust. Not only are we celebrating the visit of the District Commisioner of Moshi, Hon. Kippi Warioba, to the site of the 100th individual home constructed with the support of Vine Trust volunteers, it is also the first day all 3 medical ships, across Tanzania and Peru, are operational simultaneously. 

Alongside our in-country partners TAWREF (Tanzania Women's Research Foundation),…

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MV Nyerere Published: 21 Sep 2018

All at Vine Trust are deeply saddened to hear the news yesterday of the capsizing of the MV Nyerere ferry on Lake Victoria, near the island of Ukerewe (some 12 hours sail across the lake from where Jubilee Hope is working).  Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this tragedy.

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Photo Competition - Calendar and notelets Published: 12 Sep 2018

To see a sneak preview of the photos that will be used for the Vine Trust 2019 Calendars and Notelets  -  please visit media / photos on the website. 

Calendars and Notelets will go on sale as soon as they arrive back from the printers (later this week). Look out for their release on our website and in the next Connections issue to purchase yours!

Seeing our volunteers' photos and…

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Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS Published: 05 Jul 2018

Vine Trust would like to take this opportunity to celebrate all the fantastic NHS staff who have volunteered with our medical programmes. Thank you all for your time, skills and care over the years. We appreciate you all!

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Why it Matters Published: 28 Jun 2018

The image at the bottom was, until last month, a home - not to a family of chickens or even a couple of dogs, but rather a widow and her five children. Sitting in the shadow of Kilimanjaro on the outskirts of Moshi (Tanzania), this is typical of the poverty in which many we help, are living.   

The image at the top is their new home, built by volunteers from…

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Hamilton College and Millburn Academy in Tanzania Published: 26 Jun 2018

Hamilton College arrived Moshi late Sunday 24th June, and Millburn Academy on Monday 25th June.

Both were tired, but safe and well.

There are now 5 Schools currently in Tanzania on Vine Trust School Expeditions.

Follow their experiences on the School blog 

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Banff and Kincorth arrive in Tanzania. Published: 20 Jun 2018

Monday 18th June (late). 

School expedition from Banff and Kincorth arrive at Moshi, tired but all safe and well. On Tuesday, the team visited one of the worksites (along with the family and the local community). 

Follow their expedition and experiences at the following BLOG


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Gala Academy arrive in Moshi Published: 19 Jun 2018

A group from Gala Academy have arrived in Tanzania and have started building a home for Jackson ........... follow their adventure and the progress of Jackson's new home in the following BLOG    

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First 2018 Summer School Expedition Published: 07 Jun 2018

Whitburn Academy have landed! The team of 15 arrived safely in Peru and are our first of six schools going on expedition this Summer.

Take a look at their blog to keep up to date with their adventure:

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Samuel Limbe Visits Vine Trust Published: 24 May 2018

Vine Trust was delighted to welcome Samuel Limbe to an uncharacteristically sunny Scotland from our Tanzanian partners, AICT. We work closely with the African Inland Church of Tanzania on the Jubilee Hope Programme on Lake Victoria.

Over the past 2 weeks it has been an honour and a pleasure to work alongside Samuel on some exciting developments in the lake region; keep an eye out for updates soon!

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Connections 32 is here! Published: 14 May 2018

We are delighted that the latest issue of our newsletter Connections is here!

Look out for it the mail or download your copy here:


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Spring 2018 Medical Newsletter Published: 02 May 2018

Vine Trust’s latest medical newsletter is now available, including an update on the recent Conference and the HIV Support Groups for women on the islands of Lake Victoria.

You can download a copy here


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Medical Conference 2018- Thank you! Published: 30 Apr 2018

What a wonderful weekend with our brilliant medical volunteers joining us on the barge for the 2018 Medical Conference. A massive thank you to all who came and made the event a huge success. Great to be together, get updates from the programmes and to be inspired for what is to come.

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Karibu Maseke and Ronald Published: 25 Apr 2018

Our guests have arrived! Welcome to Edinburgh Ronald and Maseke!

We are thrilled to have our friends here to share at our medical conference on Saturday. Looking forward to hearing them share on the challenges of providing health care on the islands of Lake Victoria.

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Emily’s Forth Hope Visit Published: 16 Apr 2018

Emily visited Forth Hope a few weeks ago, see how she got on in Peru with her latest blog:


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Landmark Day for Vine Trust Medical Programmes Published: 12 Apr 2018

The 10th of April 2018 was a momentous occasion for Vine Trust as it signals the first time we have had all 3 medical ships out working simultaneously!

Today the MV Amazon Hope 2 and MV Forth Hope are working in the Loreto Region of Peru, whilst the MV Jubilee Hope arrives at the islands of the Kagera Region on Lake Victoria.

Aboard these 3 ships are 20 national health…

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Vine Trust & TAWREF Celebrate 100th Home…..And Counting! Published: 06 Apr 2018

Vine Trust and Tanzania Women's Research Foundation (TAWREF) are humbled and excited to announce the construction of our 100th home for vulnerable families and orphans in the Kiliminjaro region of Tanzania. Executive Director Dafrosa Itemba explained how the partnership between Vine Trust and TAWREF developed over the past eight years to reach this significant milestone:

"Sometime in 2010, Reverend Willie McPherson, the Chief Executive of Vine Trust, met with Reverend Justin Oforo of…

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Happy Easter Published: 29 Mar 2018

May we take this opportunity to wish all our Volunteers, Supporters and Friends a very HAPPY EASTER. 


(The office is now closed over the Easter break and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd April). 



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Amazon Hope 2 - Back in service after refurbishment Published: 29 Mar 2018

The MV Amazon Hope 2 sailed today for the Marañon River after completing recent refurbishment work. 

With the MV Forth Hope currently providing medical care on the Ucayali River, today marks a special moment for Vine Trust – having both medical ships out working simultaneously for the first time.  When they return to Iquitos on the 13th of April the ships will have provided around 17,000 consultations.

Find out more…

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First School Trip in 2018 Published: 27 Mar 2018

Inverness Royal Academy arrived in Tanzania, late of Friday 23rd March, The team of 27 are the first school expedition of 2018. 

Keep up to date with their trip and experiences by following their BLOG




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Jubilee Hope HIV Support Groups 2018 Published: 23 Mar 2018

It is estimated that around 20-30% of people in these fishing communities on the islands of Lake Victoria are living with HIV. This significantly higher infection rate is down to a complex and interconnected mix of cultural, social and economic factors. HIV services have been provided by the Jubilee Hope medical ship since it started visiting the islands in March 2015.

In 2017 the Jubilee Hope Medical Programme took the…

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Using Football to Tackle Health Issues on Lake Victoria Published: 19 Mar 2018

The appeal of ‘the beautiful game’, as Pelé described it, reaches even to the remote islands of Tanzanian Lake Victoria, where it’s not uncommon to find villagers wearing replica football shirts or see buildings painted with images of teams and players from around the world.

Using this interest in football, the Jubilee Hope medical team has started to organise short matches with the local communities where the aim goes beyond…

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Jubilee Hope Saving Lives Published: 12 Mar 2018

According to a recent study commissioned by Vine Trust on the islands of Lake Victoria, the leading cause of death reported for infants and children is malaria (43.3%).  This life-threatening disease often goes untreated, normally due to the few health facilities on the islands running out of medication. 

As well as delivering medication to island dispensaries and participating in malaria prevention activities, the Jubilee Hope medical ship also brings life-saving…

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International Women’s Day Published: 08 Mar 2018

In celebration, we'd like to highlight the incredible women on the islands of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, who are working together to tackle the devastating effects of HIV on their families and communities.

You can read more here:


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Amazon Hope 2 out of Dry Dock Published: 08 Mar 2018

In the last week Amazon Hope 2 has come out of dry dock. The dry-docking period has allowed the team to conduct several maintenance tasks “below the waterline”.

Firstly, a full ultrasound of the hull was done to assess for any areas of corrosion or damage. In the round the hull was in excellent shape with only a few small areas requiring remedial action. Once these repairs were made, the…

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The Epic Voyage of Jubilee Hope Published: 15 Feb 2018

(Update posted: 13th March 2018)


The Epic Voyage of the Jubilee Hope’ gains Four Nominations at Nice.

Following the award of excellence given to Glasgow Films for the documentary ‘The Epic Voyage of Jubilee Hope’ (see details below), the documentary has now been nominated in four categories at the Nice International Film Festival in May. The Nice Festival is specifically for Independents and runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival.


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Comings and Goings Published: 22 Jan 2018

The start of the new year brought a number of changes to the Vine Trust Staff Team.

After almost nine years with the Trust we bid farewell to Michelle Livingstone our Expedition / Education Co-ordinator at the end of December. We wish Michelle well in her future plans and thank her for all her work in supporting and developing our school expeditions and GSF conferences in previous years.

Erika de…

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Medical Conference Update Published: 04 Jan 2018

We are delighted to announce that Mr Stuart J Fergusson will be speaking at Vine Trust’s Medical Conference in April.

In partnership with Mr Mike McKirdy (Director of Global Health, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow), Mr Fergusson has written the College’s report on the value of international volunteering, “Global Citizenship in the Scottish Health Service”. 

For more details about the Conference, including how you can sign up,…

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Empowering Women on Lake Victoria’s Islands Published: 19 Dec 2017

In 2017, The Jubilee Hope Programme established 'HIV support groups' for women who regularly suffer from discrimination, violence and increased poverty on the islands of Lake Victoria.  These groups empower women in many ways, including education, orientation and access to small microloans.

Jubilee Hope’s HIV Services Coordinator, Ronald Kebaso Onsoti, has sent an update on the great progress being made with the Support Groups for women on the islands:


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Medical Conference 2018 Published: 11 Dec 2017

We are delighted to announce our 2018 medical conference.

We are holding a two day event from Friday 27th April-Saturday 28th April 2018 which consists of a welcome dinner at 7pm on the Friday evening followed the main session on Saturday (9am-4pm).

Join us for a 2 day event that will feature talks and discussions about recent updates and future developments for Amazon and Jubilee Hope.

Schedule Details

The conference will be…

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Highland Spring Ltd cycle to Tanzania Published: 10 Nov 2017

A team of colleagues from Highland Spring Ltd, based in Perthshire, launched a fundraising campaign this week to fund their participation in a Vine Trust home-building expedition in October 2018.

The group of 29, including Chief Executive Les Montgomery, have challenged themselves to fundraise the full expedition costs together, totalling over £75,000. The team decided to fundraise as one group to support each other from beginning to end of the…

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Babcock International’s Pilot Home-Building Expedition With Vine Trust Published: 25 Oct 2017

A group of eager volunteers from Babcock International are heading to Moshi, Tanzania for a special homebuilding expedition in partnership with Vine Trust, where they will help make a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable families.

The party of 26 Babcock employees has been challenged to build three houses for children and families in need, providing them with a safer future and the chance to stay together after life…

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Bringing Support and Hope for Women Living with HIV Published: 06 Oct 2017

Faced with stigma, prejudice and the high risk of violence, many women living with HIV on the islands of Lake Victoria are scared to declare their status The result is a situation where they are robbed of access to medical care and support and left to battle alone with the physical and emotional challenges that come with being infected with the virus. 

Motivated by the needs of these women, in…

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Royal Approval for New Medical Ship Published: 05 Oct 2017

The village of Oran on the banks of the Amazon River in Peru was the setting for the visit of Vine Trust Patron, HRH The Princess Royal to its new, purpose-built medical ship, the MV Forth Hope.  Accompanied by national and regional dignitaries, Her Royal Highness was warmly greeted by the local community before taking a tour of the ship, seeing the work that it provides and the wide range…

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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 completes epic voyage to the Amazon Published: 15 Aug 2017

Forth Hope ....... is now at anchor some 8 miles from the Amazon City of Iquitos where we will be arriving at 6.30am later this morning 7th September.

We will have covered just under 6800 miles in 42 days. (40 at sea). Already plans are being made for the ships deployment and a high level visit to see the vessel at work in just over a weeks time from various…

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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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“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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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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