Pediatric Rehabilitation in Tanzania
Country of Operation
- African Mission Healthcare FoundationNot-for-profit
- Arusha Luterhan Medical CenterNot-for-profit
- Selian Lutheran HospitalNot-for-profit
SummaryThe purpose of this project is to provide expanded and affordable restorative and rehabilitative surgery for disabled children suffering from congenital defects and childhood injuries.
1. Establish full time, specialist orthopedic care for the Arusha and Manyara regions of Tanzania . 2. Strengthen and expand existing orthopedic services at the SLH and the newly opened ALMH. 3. Strengthen and expand existing Physical and Occupational Therapy services. 4. Expand existing outreach services to find children in the villages who are in need of orthopedic and plastic surgery 5. Initiate community outreach to complement the existing services of our partners at Haydom Lutheran Hospital and Mwangaza 6. Provide a minimum of 200 subsidized orthopedic operations for crippled children annually. 7. Provide long-term post-operative care for children whose conditions do not allow immediate return to their home environments.
Key program components
The project’s main components are: Patient identification in the rural areas of Arusha and Manyara Regions; assuring patients are properly nourished and physically appropriate for surgery; orthopedic surgery; and physical therapy and reentry to the community. The primary activities undertaken are: 1. Community outreach to locate and provide surgical care to the disabled and disadvantaged children in the rural community. This requires the development of a team which travels extensively in these rural areas and works with dispensaries and congregations to identify and treat those in need. The team connects to the communities through local clinics, local churches, and through the local primary schools. Children identified as needing surgery in the village are referred to Selian and assisted with transportation where required. 2. Physical Therapy at SLH and ALMC, and the introduction of nurse practiced PT to hospitals in the area without professional Physical Therapists. 3. Orthopedic rehabilitative surgery on a minimum of 200 children annually. Children are invited to come to the hospital with a parent or guardian. The family is responsible for a token payment as a contribution to the health of their child and then full costs of admission, operation, and rehabilitation are covered by the program. 4. Assure quality postoperative care and reintegration of surgical patients to their communities.
Orthopedic rehabilitative surgeries are provided to a minimum of 200 children annually.
<p> In 2011, 350 children received corrective surgeries.