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Welcome to International Health Partners TZ and International Health Partners - US INC.

 

We are people, working with people, to improve health care for the people of Tanzania.

 

While working on our first project, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to help improve the health care system in Tanzania.  They recognized the huge problems that Tanzania faces especially with the high incidence of both HIV/AIDS and poverty.

 

Check out our projects to see where we are making a difference.

 

We welcome your input, your time as volunteers and your goodwill.  Please feel free to investigate our website and choose the project nearest your heart....and contact us.  Our contact page has all the different ways we can be reached.  We will get back to you promptly with even more details.

 

Check out the updates to hear first hand what's happening in Tanzania.  The stories and pictures are worth the visit alone.

 

To volunteer your time, just contact us to find out about upcoming opportunities.  It's a life changing experience!

 

You can donate via the internet by clicking on the Donate sign on the left, or just mail a check to IHP-US, 1811 S 39th St. #36, Mesa, AZ 85206.  International Health Partners - U.S. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation registered with the State of Minnesota so your donations are tax deductible.

 

 

 

For And About Our Volunteers

General answers to common questions are available on the FAQ page of this site.

 

If you are interested in volunteering at IHP-TZ in Tanzania, please fill out our Volunteer application.  It will help us match up skills, needs and availabilities.

 

Information and forms for physicians, nurses and other volunteers are available on the Volunteers page of this site, or through this link:  Volunteer Information

 

Important information for medical teams can be found on the Volunteer page.

 

 

 

Car troubles for IHP

We have car troubles. They never come at a good time, do they?

About 10 years ago we bought a 1987 Toyota Prado. It has served us long and well. But now, at last, it’s gasping on life-support. It needs a new engine. It needs a few other things, too, but they can be put off for a year. The engine will cost $3,000 installed. Is it possible for you to help with this?

 

If you can help, please send a donation to:

International Health Partners, U.S., Joyce Zemel, Treasurer, 1811 So. 39th St., #36, Mesas, AZ 85206

Or:

Go to our website, www.ihptz.org and click on Just Give

Or:

Call Joyce personally at: 480/540-9317 and she can put it on your credit card.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for whatever you can do.

 

Blessings and gratitude,

 

Paula and Denny and Sele (who needs to drive this car in order for us to get the supplies we need to build The Children’s Hospital at Zinga).

 

 

 

Current Update (July) - See Updates page for past news and pictures

Dear Friends of the Children of Tanzania,

 

Mary Ellen Kitundu writing:

The past two weeks I have been to two weddings: American-Iranian and African. They were different in many ways. But in both of them relatives and families gathered from near and far away. The bride and groom were united in marriage. There was joy in both weddings, there was dancing and eating. In both weddings, the parents of the brides and grooms celebrated the happiness of their children.

 

In "emerging countries" like Tanzania, 3 out of 4 children live to be 5 years old. In the "developed countries," we assume that our children will grow strong and mature leading to happy occasions like weddings. What a wonderful assumption!

 

We are striving to develop the Children's Hospital so that we can support healthy children and decrease that awful mortality rate. We want parents to be able to celebrate the lives of their children. We want more parents to have children who will grow up and get married.

 

We thank you for your support in this endeavor.

 

And may you have many happy weddings in your families!

 

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Kitundu

International Health Partners-US and International Health Partners-JEMA-TZ

 

Dennis Lofstrom writing:

July 21st, 2014 – written on the 21st – the 45th anniversary of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

 

This past month has been a time of planning and making necessary revisions in the site plan for The Children’s Hospital at Zinga. We have acquired an additional four acres of land which has filled in and straightened one of the irregular borders of the original plot. This is high land and is a desirable area for construction. The low scattered marshy areas have been identified, adjacent to which deep water sump reservoirs will be dug and the soil used to fill in and raise the level of the lower land areas that were identified during the past rainy season (January, February, March, and April). This has necessitated some revision of the placement of a few of the 29 building and some of their covered connecting corridors.

 

A portion of each of my days is, by necessity, dedicated to a rather extensive rehab exercise program for this bionic man, now with two hips and one knee and a back with an expanded rubber replacement disc, two plates, four rods, and eight screws, so much metal I no longer can float when I’m swimming! But, I’m definitely not complaining. I’m mobile and anticipate in the not-too-distant-future to be allowed to lift fairly heavy loads, more than the twenty pounds allowed presently.

 

Progress continues in building housing and some remodeling to accommodate teams in 2015. The finishing work, windows and doors, smoothing the walls with concrete is next on the building list.

 

After the outpatient unit is completed, the next priority is the birthing center with eventually fourteen lying-in/delivery rooms. Initially a unit of four will be built, then two more units of five each. The plan at present is to build in three stages unless someone finances the entire building. The building is conveniently designed to be built in three stages and we want to have at least some of the lying-in delivery units operational as soon as possible.

 

Mary Pace – Kansas City, Missouri writing:

Hello again. I was lucky to be in Tanzania for two updates. It has been a very busy month. We walked into a house full of boxes to unpack and put away. Today, July 18th, I get on a plane to go home feeling like we accomplished so much. The house in order with almost everything in it’s place. I am proud of what we have gotten done.

 

Every year in Nyakoto was very rewarding and made me fall in love with this country. I have worked on so many things here since my first visit in 2009. But, nothing has ever felt as complete as this project in Zinga. I met a lifelong friend named, Libby. We connected from our first day together. Paula, Libby, and I became an invincible team. A lot of my old friends had moved with IHP to Zinga. We all have worked as a family to make this dream grow from the ground up.

 

I cannot wait to see what has been accomplished when I come back next year. It is such a rewarding feeling to be working on a project that will benefit the children and families in Tanzania. I did not come the first time with any specific skills. From my very first day in 2009, I found tasks that I could accomplish to help others do what needed to be done. I have sorted, painted, varnished, washed, cooked, and packed. I have been the one that rides to the market so others can stay on site to work on other vital tasks. I would encourage anyone to make the trip.

 

I write this update as I wait for my time to leave hoping that I have written something that will inspire someone to book that flight in 2015 to come make a difference in Africa. Yes I hope that it is you (the person reading this) that I have put the spark in your soul to make that journey that you never thought you would take. It will change your life forever. I guarantee it. Goodbye until next year. I hope that get to meet you in person in the near future. Tuta onana badaaye (See you later).

 

Mary Pace in the Zinga community 

 

Libby Roulette – Prescott, AZ writing:

Hello to the dear family of IHP-JEMA. I am nearing the end of my stay here at Zinga, I leave on July 22. The past few weeks have been full of work and growing together as a family. The moving in portion is now complete for Denny and Paula for the time being. I feel very privileged to have been able to help and be present in the beginning stages of this project.

 

I happen to really enjoy working outside and working with the people of Africa. I have been helping Wilson almost kila siku (every day) outside in the bustani (garden). I have cut grass with the kunjwa (you could call this a hand powered weed eater) and dug holes for the takataka (trash). I think the workers find it amusing that I want to help, but that is why I came here. Extra hands and minds are always needed here. The more the merrier.

 

Libby and Wilson working in the garden 

 

I have spent about four days at the hospital in Bagamoyo. Healthcare here in Tanzania is very different than in the US. I spent most of my time in the pediatric ward where the majority of the cases were severe malaria, anemia, pneumonia and burns. Many children here live in poverty and suffer from poor nutrition. Because of this, the children become sick often and severely. I am very excited to be a part of this project knowing that this hospital will be a center of excellence and help to improve the quality of care throughout Tanzania.

 

Libby with the children around Zinga 

 

I can only begin to express how thankful I am for Paula, Denny, Mary Ellen, Mary Pace, and all of the others involved in IHP for doing what they do. This experience has been life changing and if not for them, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. In the last update, I expressed my want to return to Tanzania and now I am almost positive I will return. I have fallen in love with the people and the land. This project here in Zinga is huge, a big dream that I really do hope comes true. Please know that your support is much appreciated and doing AMAZING things here in Tanzania. I have spent the last five weeks observing it with my own eyes. God has spoken to me greatly through this experience and I am so very thankful. Blessings to you reading this, thank you for your support.

 

Gardens behind the Powell House 

 

Paula Lofstrom writing:

You’ve done so much for IHP. You’ve supported the work through many changes and helped to treat thousands of people and improved their lives. At Zinga now we’re anxious to finish the outpatient department so we can begin again, treating people desperate for health care.

 

The Village Chairman arranged a meeting this week so Sele and I could meet with some of the religious leaders of the community. I learned a lot. I learned how desperate the people are to have access to quality health care. The government facilities in nearby communities often only have enough medications for two weeks and if you’re ill after those medications are gone, you must go further and further away to find someplace with supplies. And, of course, there is no place set up specifically to take care of sick children. Keep in mind also, only 1% of the people of Tanzania even own cars. Think of taking a sick child for a long, crowded, hot bus ride hoping that there will be care and medications at your destination.

 

We were also visited by nurses from the hospital at Bagamoyo who tell us that their pediatric unit often has two children per bed. When will The Children’s Hospital at Zinga be open? When can we help serve all those needing help?

 

What is the progress this month? The gardens are yielding fresh fruit and vegetables for us and our workers, fresh spinach every day and cucumbers and the watermelons are almost ready! The tomatoes are up. The avocado trees are growing, as well as oranges, papaya, lemons, tangerines, bananas. We will need plenty of nutritious food to feed sick and malnourished children.

 

God has been so good to us. You have answered our pleas with generous gifts. There is enough now for the windows, but before the windows can be installed, there are other things that must be done. I will list some of them below. How much will it take to complete the OPD? We think about $70,000 total. Details follow.

 

Denny and I will be heading back to the U.S. at the end of September. Also following is our speaking schedule so far. We need to fill in those “OPEN” dates on Sundays as well as any mid-week opportunities as possible. We will stay in the U.S. through February and return to Tanzania in March.

 

If any of our pastor friends know of other pastors/ministers that would be open to learning how God is working through IHP to relieve the overcrowding of present facilities and create a model for child health care for the entire country, please consider asking them if they could host us. We will present our PowerPoint set up in appropriate formats for talks from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the venue. We speak with Rotary groups, and any other service club that invites us. We have friends who have hosted in-home coffees, teas, fundraisers large and small in their homes or community buildings. It takes every one of us to make a difference for all of us. This is something YOU can do!

 

Our schedule so far:

 

October, 2014

1 – Drive to Rochester, MN

2 – St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN, grant request

5 – Bethel Lutheran presentation

7-8 – Nobel Conference

11 – IHP-US Board meeting, Newton, Iowa

12 – First Lutheran Church, Newton, Iowa

19 – Grace Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, MN

26 – OPEN

 

November, 2014

2 – Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara, CA

9 – Trinity Lutheran – Simi Valley, CA

16 – OPEN

23 – Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ

27 – Thanksgiving, Chandler, AZ

30 – OPEN

 

December, 2014

We need to be in the Kansas City area during December but will be open for “day trips” away and certainly for speaking engagements in the K.C. area and surrounding communities (up to 250 miles away).

 

January, 2015

4 – OPEN

11 – First Baptist Church, Edgefield, SC

18 – Lutheran Church, Clarksville, TN

25 – OPEN

 

February, 2015

1 – OPEN

8 – First Baptist Church, Edgefield, SC

15 – Lutheran Church, Clarksville, TN

22 – OPEN

 

March, 2015

Return to Zinga, Tanzania and start hosting teams, volunteers, and students.

 

What will it take to OPEN THE DOORS of The Children’s Hospital at Zinga?

 

The doors!

1. Complete door (a hard wood door), top and frame, 19 pieces @ $328.27 each..$6,237.08

2. Hollow doors, 10 pieces @ $200.61 each......................................................$2,006.08

3. Door locks, 29 pieces @ $54.71 each...........................................................$1,586.63

4. Labor for installing each door $18.23 each...................................................$  528.88

           Total for Doors................................................................................$10,358.66

 

However, before we can put in the windows and doors we need to smooth the walls inside and out, and install conduits for electrical wiring.

 

Plaster the outside:

1. 6 loads of mixing sand @ $25.33 each............................................................$151.98

2. 46 bags of cement @ $9.42 each..................................................................$433.43

3. Labor....................................................................................................$2,431.61

          Total for Plaster the outside...............................................................$3,017.02

 

Plaster the inside:

1. 6 loads of mixing sand @ $25.33 each............................................................$151.98

2. 40 bags of cement @ $9.42 each..................................................................$376.80

3. Labor....................................................................................................$2,917.93

          Total for Plaster the inside.................................................................$3,446.71

 

Conduits:

1. 150 conduits a@ $1.22 each........................................................................$182.37

2. 130 Square boxes @ $1.82 each...................................................................$237.08

3. Labor......................................................................................................$303.95

          Total for Conduits...............................................................................$723.40

 

Plumbing:

1. 1.5” PVC pipe, 35 pieces @ $9.12 each.........................................................$319.14

2. 4” PVC pipe, 18 pieces @$39.51 each...........................................................$711.25

3. Elbows, 8 pieces @ $2.43 each.....................................................................$ 19.45

4. 20 angel valves @ $9.12 each.......................................................................$182.37

          Total for Plumbing pipes.....................................................................$1,232.21

 

Sinks: 12 @ 109.42 each (complete units).......................................................$1,313.07

Toilets:

        6 European @ $158.05 each....................................................................$948.33

        2 Asian @ $85.11 each...........................................................................$170.21

        8 traps @ $4.26 each.............................................................................$ 34.04

        2 Urinals @ $212.77 each.......................................................................$425.53

        8 Station chambers with covers @ 30.40 each..........................................$243.20

        4 station covers @ $42.55 each..............................................................$170.21

        22 gate valves @ $9.12 each...................................................................$200.61

All pipe fittings...........................................................................................$896.66

                        Sub total..........................................................................$4,401.86

 

Labor for all plumbing................................................................................$3,650.00

 

                       Total for All Plumbing.........................................................$16,471.20

 

 

Estimates not included:

Septic system, probably between $15,000 and $20,000 total…estimate being calculated

Tarazo flooring – there is a chance the Luna Vista Rotary will provide the machines

Paint – a good job for volunteers

Ceilings (thought at this point to total about $6,000)

 

Is all of this too much information? Too little? We figure you are all part of what is going on and that the more information you have, the better. Whatever costs you can help to cover, being it a bag of cement or a load of mixing sand or some conduit or pipe fittings, a door, or labor for our local workers, each and every donation gets us closer to serving the children of Tanzania.

 

God bless each of you that can help either with donations, prayers, speaking engagements, fund raisers, gifts of any sort. The Paola container is in port, we’re awaiting paperwork from the TFDA to clear the medical supplies. The Mississippi container is being loaded today. God is SO good and we trust God that this hospital will soon be open. We “trust God and show up for work.”

 

Donations can be sent to:

 

International Health Partners, U.S.

Joyce Zemel, Treasurer

1811 So. 39th St., #36

Mesa, AZ 85201

 

Or

 

Go to our website, www.ihptz.org and click on Just give

 

Or

 

Call Joyce at 480/540-9317 and you can donate over the phone.

 

A little extra icing on the cake:

 

Have you heard of Amazon Smile?

 

Amazon is donating 0.5% of purchases made from Amazon to the charity of one’s choice. This does NOT take the place of regular donations, it’s just a little extra icing. After all, it would take $10,000 worth of purchases to equal one $50.00 donation. BUT, if you’re buying from Amazon anyway, you can boost IHP, but it can be a little tricky b/c there is more than one International Health Partners. There is another one out of New York, so be SURE you go to Mesa, AZ for International Health Partners. Here’s how you do it:

 

Go to smile.amazon.com

 

Enter Mesa, AZ

 

Then choose International Health Partners-Us inc

 

Go ahead and do your shopping!

 

So, please, think of making a donation AND using Amazon Smile. Every little bit helps.

 

Blessings and gratitude,

 

Paula and Denny

 

 

 

 

 

 
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