Passion, hope, love and commitment are just a few words to describe the Mason Family….. we hope you enjoy this heart felt story showing true dedication to making a difference in the lives of Tanzania as well as their children. A family of five, three young children ages 10, 5 and 3, their parents alternate Read the full article…
The number of Newborns with neurological defects like Hydrocephalusand Spina Bifida is steadily increasing in Haydom Hospital, Tanzania, mostly due to a deficiency in folic acid and malnutrition of the pregnant women. Little Christina was born in Haydom with an Encephalocele. This is a malformation that comes with a skull defect, parts of the covering brain membranes and brain Read the full article…
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…
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.