Since April 2019, the Polish Medical Mission has been implementing the project in Tanzania. In cooperation with a local partner ‒ St. Walburg’s Hospital in Nyangao we concentrate our attention on training medical staff, creating an ambulance team, equipping the hospital in Nyanagao with all necessary equipment, renovating the gynaecology ward, equipping the surgical clinic in Mtwara, as well as developing the nursing school in Nyanagao.
The region where are activities will be concentrated is one of the poorest areas of the country. Many patients from regions located around 250‒300 km away, such as Lindi and Mtwara (with around 2 million inhabitants) as well as from adjacent Mozambique visit the hospital in Nyangao. Hospitals offering a similar level of treatment are situated in the capital city which is 500 km away.
Tanzania faces the challenge of improving the availability and quality of medical treatment, which, due to a shortage of medical staff especially in smaller centres, is a difficult task. According to the World Bank data from 2016, there are 262 surgeons per 57 million inhabitants of the country. It is even more problematic since the number of road traffic crash victims with injuries is increasing rapidly. Often there are supply shortages of equipment, medication and medical materials.
As in previous years, also this year our involvement will be concentrated on providing help and assistance to mothers and children (newly born babies and children up to the age of five) in Lindi and Mtwara, and on improving the quality of medical surgical assistance. In fact, it will be the continuation of the last year's project co-financed from the funds provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the programme of Polish development assistance, as well as the projects from 2015, 2016 and 2017 implemented as part of the Polish assistance in the form of Small Grants Programme.
Detailed project activities include, i.a.:
Organizing internships at the surgical ward in the hospital in Nyangao for doctors from regional hospitals in Lindi and Mtwara.
Organizing internships for nurses and midwives from the region in the hospital in Nyangao and specialized seminars in the field of obstetrics.
Organizing a seminar for doctors on the treatment of injuries.
Outreach program, which involves the travel of ambulance teams to distant places. During such visits, patients are examined, they receive the most needed medications or are referred to hospital.
The project also involves engaging social workers in the programme related to reproductive child health, and in the activities in the gynaecology and obstetrics ward. A social worker will be involved in health-oriented education, as well as solving social problems of pregnant women and women in the postpartum period.
Voluntary service of specialist doctors (gynaecologists and paediatricians) who will train local staff during the daily hospital operation, as well as conduct seminars.
Equipping midwives with backpacks for midwives.
Organizing internships/exchanges of orthopaedists from the Muhimbili Orthopeadic Institute from Dar es Salaam.
Launching a surgical clinic in Mtwura.
Conducting histopathological examinations thanks to which it will be possible to implement appropriate cancer treatment in the hospital in Nyangao.
Renovating and equipping the wards in the hospital in Nyangao, including extending the delivery room, and the gynaecology and obstetrics ward, as well as supplying necessary equipment, replacing mattresses, bed sheets, painting beds and buying new equipment.
Expanding the building of the nursing school located at the hospital in Nyangao in order to help train local middle level staff who usually are the first to see patients.
The project entitled: “Improvement of the quality of surgical treatment, and mother and child care in Lindi and Mtwara, Tanzania. Continuation.” will be implemented between 2019 and 2020.
The project is co-financed as part of the programme of Polish development assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.