August 17, 2013 saw the realization of a dream and the culmination of years of effort and focus as 72 nurse midwives marched in the first graduation of the Machame Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. The planning for the school had begun more than 5 years previously and the school, its staff, programs and infrastructure all needed to be developed from the ground up. This day was one of success and pride for all: students, faculty, staff, parents, and community.

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New Nursing Classrooms, Library, and Demonstration Lab

On Feb 9, 2012 the recently completed classroom block was formally dedicated by Bishop Dr Martin F Shao of the Northern Diocese KKKT. This building and facilities are a gift from Alegent Health System in Nebraska, USA. In attendance were Alegent Health President and CEO Richard A. Hachten and Executive Vice Presidents Joan Neuhaus and Ken Lawonn. Said CEO Hachten: “We are so pleased to to be able to provide this facility and in this way assist Machame Hospital and the School of Nursing extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ”

A big day indeed!

Mr Hachten cutting the dedication ribbon

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New Kid in Town!!

Our little friend Tumaini has been discharged to home, but before we could begin to miss her too much, a new little friend arrived. Eriki has Osteomyelitis or an infection in one of the bones in his leg. This requires the affected area to be opened up surgically, cleaned out and then treated intensively for not a short period of time. It has been more than a month and he seems to be taking over as the patient everyone knows and likes.


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Tumaini means Hope


Tumaini is 5 years old and has been with us at Machame Lutheran hospital recovering from a bad burn. . She is doing well now and pretty freely wanders about the hospital in her oversize hospital gown and maybe a jacket (it is cold here, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro). She is quiet and a little shy but she seems to have become a friend of every member of the staff and most of the other patients. Maybe it is her smile. A hospital, like a parent, should not have favorites. But right now we have Tumaini.

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PT takes off

PT in Action
Machame Physical Therapy Department Takes Off
We all knew that the developing Machame Orthopedic center would be needing physical therapy services, but PTs are few and far between in Tanzania..  We found Jeremiah Mushi studying PT at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center but he needed some assistance with school fees. Fortunately, Heidi Longe, a physical therapist from the US had visited us several times and seen the need as well and was able to encourage her church to sponsor him for three years. After graduation he was joined by another young PT Langus Majuka and together they have actualized the new department that was waiting for them. Jeremiah 26 and Langus 24 bring great spirit and energy to Machame-increasing the awareness of all caregivers here on the value of physical therapy for many conditions. In addition to post operative patients they are seeing stroke patients, assisting in the weekly orthopedic clinic, and have a growing outpatient business-a pretty new concept in Tanzania. Equipping the dept has been a slow process but progress is being made.

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