Sumbawanga/Tanzania: medical teams are providing new quality of life

Sumbawanga, Tanzania

Sumbawanga/Tanzania: medical teams are providing new quality of life

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Section Saxonia of Interplast Germany operated since 2010 within 11 camps 1.796 patients successfully.

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In the Rugwa Region within a radius of 400 km around Sumbawanga there is only one specialist in surgery. Other disciplines are not available. We have therefore decided, to provide specialists in plastic surgery (contractions after burns and maxillo-facial malformations) for visceral surgery (thyroid disease, hernia), orthopedics (clubfeet, fractures, periostitis), physiotherapy, gynecology and obstetrics in the context of the inserts.

Medical care in Tanzania has been getting worse rather than better in the last few years. In 1994 were 23 specialists (doctors and nurses) for 10,000 people in action, so there were six in 2012. This is an unsatisfactory situation. We have decided to support the project in Sumbawanga permanently.

Our local contact Dr. Brother Ignas Dandah, OSB, prepares the field operations together with Sabine weather and Marcus Strotkötter. We are in weekly contact. Dr. Dandah is used as the Coordinator for the Diocese of Sumbawanga and manages 22 outpatient facilities and 6 hospitals. He takes care of in advance of the stakes even for the preselection. So he drives a motorbike through the villages and examined patients with malformations. This pre-selection leads to an average of 250 patients waiting patiently for us when we arrived. Often, all money will be spent to get to Sumbawanga. The clinic and team members' support to patients who have no money for the return trip. In general, it is that the patient must pay US $ 450 for an operation for an operation ..

In the eleven missions since 2010, we operated successfully 1.796 patients. The teams consist of a strong, experienced core team, supplemented by younger professionals. In and around Dresden, we now have a pool of 40 active friends who support us active and passive. From North Rhine-Westphalia, NL and Austria a further 15 members are added. We are very grateful. Everyone takes for the mission vacation and a volunteer and unpaid, never less than 14 hours a day.

The staffing of hospital moves very modest extent. For example, children are under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women and HIV-positive people are treated for free. This is at the expense of the overall budget. In relation to our business, this means that we consume about 80% of the annual requirement of the hospital for 140 to 180 operations per use.Due to this background, we collect material again and again in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, and bring this to Tanzania. Without these donations the stakes would not be possible.