Tanzania is twenty times the size of the Netherlands. The St. Kizito hospital in Mikumi is located in the eastern province and equally named Morogoro diocese. The management of the hospital has been in the hands of the Sisters of the Mgolole order since it was founded in 1972. They provide care for about 120,000 citizens, this represents about 20% of the residents of the district. Because of the good quality of care, the hospital also attracts many patients from outside the area. The inhabitants of the region have to live mainly from small-scale agricultural activities.
The St. Kizito hospital is a general hospital with currently around 100 beds. The bed occupancy is high.
The total hospital budget is low, the government pays 40% of the costs and 30% comes from patient contributions. The care for pregnant women, children, the elderly and the disabled is free of charge according to government policy.
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The diocese in Morogoro has always been heavily involved in health care. In order to raise healthcare in Tanzania to a higher level, the diocese works closely with government instated programs.
The diocese maneges:
The Morogoro Support Foundation is also active in the St. Agnes clinic in Lugono, a town 25 km west of the provincial capital Morogoro. The clinic offers beds for out patients and has a number of beds in case patients require an overnight stay. The number of patients is growing steadily, partly due to the influx of Massai.
The clinic provides monthly care for:
Among other things we supply, medical equipment and instruments, computers and medical materials that are difficult to obtain in Tanzania.
We advise and implement concrete solutions for drinking water supply, sewage treatment and energy supply, for example to be used for the cooling of medication. We also take care of the purchase and installation of solar panels and the purchase and maintenance of tools.
We contribute to the training of doctors, nurses and laboratory staff, both financially and practically. The Morogoro Support Foundation subsidizes training to become a practicing doctor or nurse. Medical teams from the Netherlands travel to Tanzania at least once a year to carry out more complex operations that also serve as 'training on the job'. Next to this the Dutch teams also give medical advice at a distance.
A number of outposts are controlled from the St. Kizito hospital. The Morogoro Support Foundation regularly sends specialists to develop and realize new projects together with local groups.
We initiate improvement of hospital care and facilities. In 2013 a new maternity clinic was opened and the operating room and various nursing departments were modernized. The installation of improved sewerage, water pipes and lighting has also been realized.
“outreach” checkup on mother and daughter
The Morogoro Support Foundation was established in 1998. By bringing together employees and physicians from the Alrijne Zorggroep (vh Rijnland Hospital) in Leiderdorp, the Atrium in Heerlen and other volunteers, the foundation makes a structural contribution to the improvement of medical care in the Morogoro province, Tanzania.
The foundation also organizes campaigns in the Netherlands to create awareness of the need for medical care in Tanzania. By bringing together people, ideas, funds, materials and knowledge, the foundation facilitates projects in collaboration with the local residents.
Remove stitches at outpatient clinic
Making a contribution to the improvement of medical care in the Morogoro province in Tanzania, in particular for St. Kizito Hospital, Mikumi and the St. Agnes clinic, Lugono. The foundation strives to achieve this goal by:
Our doctors and nurses go to share their knowledge with the locals about twice a year. Both local employees and doctors work with great enthusiasm on:
On their return they share their experiences with colleagues in the Netherlands and stimulate understanding and insight into the situation in Tanzania
The foundation also uses the technology of MDLinking. Health professionals use their mobile phone, tablet or PC to work together with their colleagues in Tanzania. This facilitates the sharing of knowledge and skills online via peer-to-peer education.
The following annual reports have been approved and established.
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Due to ongoing sponsoring activities, it is not possible for us to have the above list up-to-date.