Sahlgrenska I.C:s International Aid Coordinator Anders Lygdman is back in Sweden after a joint field trip to Tanzania with partner organization Human Bridge. The main purpose of the journey was to follow-up and assess the Nkinga Referral Hospital located in Tabora County in the western parts of Tanzania. The hospital has since 2010 been a major recipient of medical equipment donations from Human Bridge and thus also from the Region of Västra Götaland.
The hospital has four departments; internal medicine, pediatrics, surgical/obstetrics and gynaecology with a total bed capacity of 205 beds. The hospital also has a theatre with four major operating rooms and a laboratory. On average the hospital serves 82,000 outpatients and 13,000 inpatients annually and has a catchment area of some 2.5 million people.
Anders, what exactly is it that you do on site?
– During the visit an in depth assessment was made concerning the relevance and effectiveness of the support given. A number of samples were taken on donated equipment in order to verify that it had reached its intended location. Furthermore, a number of meetings were conducted with representatives of the Tanzanian Minister of Health (MoH) and Nkinga Referral Hospital in order to deepen the dialogue on issues of relevance to the continued cooperation.