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Tanzania 2018

In February 2018, a team of healthcare professionals from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust travelled to Tanzania to provide teaching and training to staff of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC).

In 2004 Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust was invited to assist with the introduction of laparoscopic surgery as a new health service for Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Tanzania.

Fourteen years on and the project has gone from strength to strength. This year the team focused on introducing day case surgery at KCMC and investigating the possibility of developing a day case unit.

As KCMC serves of catchment area of 15 million people, the development of a day case unit is of immense value as it would help reduce congestion on the wards.

Consultant surgeon Liam Horgan returned to lead the 10th national laparoscopic course with Dr Kondo Chilonga, Head of surgery. The course was attended by over 50 surgeons and residents from across Tanzania who travelled to KCMC to participate. Over the four days Mr Horgan oversaw the completion of 12 procedures, training the staff at KCMC in theatres – all whilst being recorded by Tanzanian television companies.

The team was joined by the first cohort of International Leadership Fellows, Julie Hogarth and Samantha Davidson who used their individual skillsets to undertake specific projects centred on improving hospital services.

Programme manager Brenda Longstaff directed the visit and continued to facilitate the partnership between Northumbria Healthcare and KCMC, which is approaching its 20th anniversary.

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