Jambo everyone! As many of you may know, I have been volunteering in a local hospital in Arusha, Tanzania for the past week. So far, it has been an amazing experience.
I begin my day going to Levolosi Health Center via dalla dala( sort of bus) and then all the volunteers observe and assist local doctors with their diagnostics and surgical procedures. We have learned very much about the Tanzanian culture and their health practices, but at the same time we have also noticed that government hospitals such as these do not have sufficient funds to purchase essential health supplies. A volunteer who I just met raised over 5000 dollars worth of supplies in the past month, and with this money, they were able to buy an incredible amount of supplies, from surgical gowns to laptops.
However, there are still so many other supplies that the hospital is in desperate need of. Many of the operational equipment are not sterilized between uses; wounds are cleaned with no anti-septic due to shortage of iodine; urine analysis are not properly done due to lack od good machines; the laboratory does not even have pipettes and tips (same pipettes are used for all the the infectious diseases tests), there is lack od HIV and malaria test kits, ect..
With a little bit of money, we would be able to stock up on supplies to help with some of these issues, and with a little more, we would be able to purchase more expensive, yet essential equipment that the hospital does not yet have. I will be working in this hospital until November 17th, and I will work on getting supplies directly to the hospital.
I will visit many orphanages next months to test all the children for different kind of infectious diseases and we need many kits to do that.
You, regardless of the country you are from, can help by donating money so that we can directly purchase the equipment or by spreading the word of this fundraiser to others.
The Levolosi Hospital and its workers need all the help that we can get, and with your help, we can accomplish a great amount for the hospital. I will periodically post updates, so all of you will be able to see where specifically these donations are going to. Thanks for your time, and don’t forget to spread the word!