2001 – Clinical Coding
In 2001 Northumbria began a project to introduce International classification of disease version 10 to Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre.
This enabled KCMC to report statistics such as HIV and aids prevalence to the WHO, and they were the first hospital in Tanzania to do so.
Clinical coder Linda Gibbs travelled to Tanzania to provide teaching and training to the staff of KCMC. Working with Mr Mannaseh from health records and Mr Msawe from the school of clinical coding, Linda explained how to use ICD10 and taught basic anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
Linda visited KCMC several times over the following years to provide further training, enabling the coders at KCMC to develop the key skills they needed to teach others across Tanzania. Now coders who were trained in the early years at KCMC are Heads of Department at a number of hospitals across Tanzania.
Linda’s experience “It changed my life and was a wonderful experience. KCMC was the first hospital in Tanzania to take on this huge challenge and we had to overcome a number of difficulties to make this happen. Now there is cutting edge technology too! It was such a privilege to work with them”.