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Quality improvement of surgical treatment in St. Walburg’s Hospital, Nyangao and Lindi, Mtwara Regions, Tanzania (continuation)

Tanzania, with its 47 mln residents, has fewer than 100 surgeons, the majority of whom work in the capital city - Dar es Salaam, whereas the remaining surgeons work primarily in bigger cities. The less developed south-eastern part of the country consists of two regions: Lindi and Mtwara, with 2 mln residents, there is only one specialist surgeon - in the St. Walburg's Hospital in Nyangao. This situation imposes special duties and is a source of continuing heavy workload. The St. Walburg's Hospital admits the most complicated cases, for instance patients with postoperative complications or severe injuries. Some of the patients could also be treated in their regional hospitals, but physicians, afraid of making a mistake, choose to refer them to the St. Walburg's Hospital.

The previous projects helped to purchase surgical tools, renovate the surgical ward and organise a course in basic surgical activities for doctors from local hospitals. However, insufficient and irregular funding is not enough to cover current expenses, let alone to fund additional projects.

Quality improvement of surgical treatment in St. Walburg’s Hospital, Nyangao and Lindi, Mtwara Regions, Tanzania (continuation)

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 15 July to 15 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Nairobi and its local partner, the St. Walburg's Hospital in Nyangao. Its primary objective is to improve the quality and scope of treating patients who require surgery in the St. Walburg's Hospital in Nyangao as well as many other facilities in south-eastern Tanzania.

The project will provide for purchasing systems which will modernise the X-ray apparatus and three computer monitors used to display the received images in the conference room, the outpatient orthopaedic operating room and the orthopaedic operating room. Six physicians divided into three groups will complete a two-month traineeship. Their tasks will involve active participation in everyday work of the surgical ward and training courses organised by the hospital.

Patients from the Lindi Rural District, which has approximately 200,000 residents, as well as patients from the Lindi and Mtwara regions, where there is no specialist surgical facility (over 2 mln residents) will be the beneficiaries of the project.

Quality improvement of surgical treatment in St. Walburg’s Hospital, Nyangao and Lindi, Mtwara Regions, Tanzania (continuation)

The project was implemented from 15 August to 15 December 2016. Thanks to digitalisation of x-rays and completing the traineeship by the physicians, the quality and scope of the treatment offered to patients who require surgery in the St. Walburg's Hospital in Nyangao as well as many other facilities in south-eastern Tanzania were improved. The x-ray digitalisation apparatus constituted a significant qualitative change in the hospital work. As a result, the hospital will save considerable financial resources that used to be spent on camera films and agents needed to develop X-ray images. Further purchases included three monitors used to display X-ray images, three tablets and memory cards to transfer them and present at any place. Two-month surgical traineeships were conducted for four physicians from local hospitals. Their purpose was to teach them basic surgical procedures, so that they would not have to refer minor cases to the Nyangao Hospital.

The project was fully financed from the Polish Aid's funds and its value amounted to approximately PLN 125,000 (approximately EUR 30,000). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.1749.