A project of African Mission Healthcare Foundation
Tanzania only has only two doctors for every 100,000 people. Hospitals in rural areas often do not possess a doctor at all.
The African Mission Healthcare Foundation connects you to the hands that heal in Africa. AMHF currently supports life-saving projects in seven different countries, including AIDS treatment in Malawi, pediatric surgery in Kenya and Tanzania, and physician training in Cameroon.
AMHF, in partnership with Legatum Foundation, is offering a $110,000 matching challenge grant in support of the Selian Orthopedic Institute in Arusha, Tanzania (please click here for the Institute's website) The goal is to construct a new “Plaster House,” a rehabilitation center to assist vulnerable children following hospital discharge.
This innovative and growing program uses community outreach to identify impoverished children requiring rehabilitative orthopedic and plastic surgery. Spina bifida correction is also being offered to a small number of clients. In 2011, 350 kids will receive life-changing surgical correction because of the support of partners such as AMHF, up from 270 the year before.
These children remain at-risk following surgery and require long periods of recuperation and monitoring. Physical therapy and wound care are vital. Some children must remain under supervision for weeks or even months following their operations. Returning too soon to rural Tanzania, where medical facilities are limited, risks losing the gains of surgery.
At present, children stay at over-crowded leased premises. Says Arusha Lutheran Medical Center director Dr. Mark Jacobson, “We currently have 80 kids sometimes in our existing 18-bed rented space!” Dr. Jacobson has spent two decades in Tanzania and recently oversaw the successful construction and opening of a new referral medical complex. Over a decade, more than 4,000 kids could benefit from safe, hygienic and compassionate therapy offered at the Plaster House. Without the new facility, a more limited number will continue to be assisted in the existing expensive and over-crowded rental facility.
The total project cost for the “Plaster House” is $400,000, of which $175,000 has already been raised. Please help us to close the gap and build this critical facility by participating in the $110,000 matching challenge. AMHF applies no administrative fees to your gift.