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Complete St. James Surgical Center in Tanzania -- Save Lives of Mothers and Children

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THE STORY:

Tanzania has some of the world’s worst maternal and newborn death rates. Many women and children die and suffer from preventable and treatable conditions. In order to address this, Health Tanzania is raising money to complete the transformation of the Buguruni Anglican Health Centre into the St. James Anglican Hospital which will emphasize the care of women and children. So far $96,000 has been raised and spent and only $20,000 more is needed to complete the surgical building which will include a surgical operating room, an anesthesia room, and recovery room.

With a completed surgical building, St. James Anglican Hospital will start doing C-sections for women, who cannot delivery vaginally, saving both mothers’ and babies lives. Having immediate surgical backup will also allow us to deliver many more women vaginally since, if they get in trouble, a C-section can immediately be performed. In addition, we will also begin other operations such as appendectomies and hysterectomies.

With the ability to perform surgery, the Tanzanian government will grant approval to upgrade the Bugurni Anglican Health Centre to the St. James Anglican Hospital, a hospital focused especially on women and children. As a hospital, we can greatly expand services and see many more needy patients. Patients will come from the 200,000 in our poor neighborhood and from other parts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city with five million people.

As the hospital continues to grow, it will be part of a district hospital. It will serve half of the 1.5 million people in the district and will be the teaching hospital of the St. Johns Anglican University Nursing School which is a five minutes walk from the hospital.

See Health Tanzania website www.healthtanzania.org for more information on this project and other initiatives being done to improve the lives of needy Tanzanians.

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