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The team is complete

Thursday, 04 December, 2014
The team is complete

The weekend arrives and it’s time to catch up with old friends. I’m heading off to Bomong’ombe which is an hour’s drive from Moshi to say hello to the family of Dr Kimaro, a close friend of our link with KCMC. Dr Kimaro sadly passed away from renal failure five years ago – such a tragic loss as Tanzania does not offer dialysis treatment. This reminds me of just how lucky we are to have so many healthcare services in the UK.  Dr Kimaro had led a project to develop a modern accident and emergency department at KCMC. It was great to come back this year and see building underway to bring his vision into practice. This would mean lots of planning around training plans to support the launch of this new service. It was really good to know that things are moving along. Sue and Tony set off to meet one of the medical students to provide some support for his studies and others set off to explore the local safari parks. Jeremy, the plastic surgeon, finally arrives from Australia and has spent a couple of hours going through the patient notes with Sue to understand the challenges ahead. With so many patients it was going to be really difficult to choose who would be selected for life changing surgery.  The decision was postponed until the following day when Jeremy would meet the patients face to face. Late at night the final member of the team, Keith the anaesthetist, arrived so now our team is complete.