A hospital in Tanzania
Rear view of the missionary hospital in Nyangao.
Andrea, former hospital administrator, arriving for work.
bedded on the floor, or two patients in one bed is unfortunately still
reality in some Tanzanian hospitals.
are always in need of new beds, sheets and other hospital equipment.
The hospital cannot afford to provide food for all patients.
Thus, many patients'
relatives stay outside the hospital and cook. Often for many days until
the patient is discharged.
In Nyangao Hospital, there are around 1500 major and minor
Another view in the theatre.
on the paediatric ward.
To combat malnutrition and child mortality, young children
are weighed regularly.
The results are marked in Road-to-health
charts. The resulting graphs should stay above the red area which indicates
Such awareness is brought into the remote villages through
programme (public health care). Women are listening to the medical
instructor, and the scale is ready for use on the tree.
between 0 and 5 years should be weighed at least once per month, at
the hospital or out in the village.
A young mother feeding up her malnutritioned
child at the hospital.
For many pregnant women a hospital is too far away to reach
for delivery, so they rely on TBAs (traditional
birth attendants). Even if some of them are illiterate, they are educated
for their job in the villages using drawings.