Madaktari Africa and Henry Jackson’s Health Facility and Human Resource Strengthening Program celebrated their first Echocardiography graduation ceremony for the first generation of Tanzanian “echocardiographers”. The ceremony was directed by the head MD of Mbeya Referral Hospital. Madaktari’s “Train Forward Fellows” and the rest of the Mbeya staff and hospital personnel recognized their efforts and felt Read the full article…
Tara Dorundo, a Critical Care Nurse and an Adult Critical Care Respiratory Therapist from Charleston, SC has committed two years of her career working as a volunteer for Madaktari on the upcoming NS program in Tanzania. Message from Tara Dorundo: My life has always been about sharing experiences with those around me because things only seemed worthwhile that Read the full article…
SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CARE FOR AFRICA
Madaktari means doctors in Swahili. It’s a fitting name for our organization because it includes both the problem and the solution. The problem is that there’s a lack of access to health care – to doctors – in East African countries that is so extreme that most people in developed countries cannot even imagine it. The solution has an elegant simplicity: sending doctors and other health care professionals to teach advanced medical practices to local medical practitioners so that they can teach and train others.
MEDICAL TRAINING IN AFRICA
What makes the Madaktari model different from most other global health care initiatives is that our goal is to end the cycle of dependency on outside health care organizations. We envision our exit from developing countries as the ultimate indicator of our success. By teaching and training local and rural health care workers, we’re ensuring that the expertise and advanced medical practices that we bring to developing countries stay in those countries. Our focus is not just on curing diseases, but on training people. Not just on Africa, but on Africans.
BUILDING MEDICAL CAPACITY THROUGH TRAINING
Madaktari began in Tanzania with one American neurosurgeon teaching one Tanzanian physician. Today, it includes eight specialties, including neurosurgery, family medicine, cardiology, nephrology, anesthesiology, obstetrical and gynecology. Instead of teaching in one hospital, we are now teaching in four. The list of specialties and the number of partnering hospitals, as well as the number of volunteers, continues to expand as the ripple effect of Madaktari’s ‘Teach It Forward’ philosophy is embraced by a growing number of African countries.