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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.

STEMM Surgeons Visit Machame Again

Dr Sarah Powell performs a Thyroidectomy
 Dr Steve Meyer has returned to Machame with another team from STEMM in the US. A variety of procedures were performed including total hip replacements and several ENT procedures by Dr Sarah Powell on her first visit to Africa. Medical Equipment businessman Steve Rohlf and his premed son Dan rounded out the team. Along with their work, they bring Machame a lot of needed supplies, medicine and equipment that is a great help for months to come.           
Welcome again STEMM !!

Dr Sarah Powell performs a Thyroidectomy

Machame School of Nursing Commences

To help in addressing  the severe shortage of nurses in Tanzania, the Machame Hospital School of Nursing has been created.  After much planning and effort 38 women and 6 men began attending classes late February in this three year Ministry of Health approved school.

This is a wonderful project in that so many youths are looking for opportunity, the jobs are there for them after they graduate, and at a good level of pay.

This school has begun partly on faith, because although it will be self sufficient in running costs,  it will require outside help to build the additional classrooms and dormitories that will be needed as class two and three arrive in future years. We believe and pray that our friends will see the importance of this school and assist us in this effort.

James Simon Returns to Machame

Jim Simon and Orthopedic Surgeon John Lyimo

RN Jim Simon returned to Machame Lutheran Hospital for 2 weeks in February 2010. Jim was with us in 2002 and 2004 as the relationship with Alegent Health in Nebraska USA was beginning.  During the ensuing years he has been very active in supporting Machame Hospital, especially in the sourcing of equipment and supplies to equip the growing orthopedic program. Jim spent his time learning, assisting, teaching, organizing, and also the thing he does best: connecting.  On his final day he told the staff “In America we have the technology – but I have learned here the importance of making space for God in our operating rooms”.  Thank you Jim! Karibu tena!