Health Partners

Caring for Children


October, 2018 Update from IHP

Jesse Kitundu writing

Den Lofstrom writing:

After spending a year in Antarctica in 1998, I wasn’t prepared for the cold intolerance I experience when we return from Tanzania, East Africa to the U.S. each September to do our fundraising.  After a year in the below zero weather I didn’t believe I would ever have cold intolerance again, but the real muscle shivering, bone-chilling kind that is experienced by those who move from the tropical clime of 84 F. to 86 F. weather to the temperate zone; which, at this time of year, we have been exposed to with the upper 30's to 50's as we travel from the Midwest to the east coast, through Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, to New York state and through Vermont to New Hampshire.  

On this day in New Hampshire, the rain is constant but gentle, but dark, overcast, and cold that penetrates, causes muscle tremors and bones to chill on these old bones of mine. But, this is part of what we do each year when we transition from Tanzania to the U.S. to raise funds to support IHP, U.S., Inc. and thusly IHP-JEMA-TZ.  

At present this means our fourth project, The Children’s Hospital at Zinga, what will someday be a 500-bed installation of 33 one-story units on 64 acres of land, all hospital units connected by covered corridors.  No one is stranded in an elevator when the electricity fails, and that happens almost daily.  

Our hosts here in New Hampshire are Dr's. Marshall and Lou Guill who came out to Zinga earlier this year. In the bathroom there is a sign above the sink that says, “Wash your hands, say your prayers, for Jesus and germs are everywhere”.  The world’s wisdom is found in many unlikely places.  We encounter if often as we travel the various countries doing what we do. 

At 90 years old, I still like doing what we do.  Thank you for helping the dream of this hospital become a reality.

Dennis Lofstrom, M.D. 


Paula Lofstrom writing:


Dr. Christine Petersen is again challenging our donors, as she did last year at this time, to a $10,000 Thanksgiving Challenge Grant for IHP, U.S., Inc. to help to finish up the interior of the Mary Ellen Kitudu Memorial Birthing Center.  To Respond to the Challenge Grant!

Please mail checks to:

International Health Partners, U.S., Inc.

Matt West, Treasurer

8016 No. Everton

Kansas City, MO 64152


Go to our website, www.ihptz.organd click on PayPal (Donate)


Call Joyce Zemel at 480-540-9317 and she’ll put it on your credit card.

Sele lists below what needs to be done yet and the costs.  If supporters meet Dr. Petersen’s challenge, the “finishing” can be accomplished in the labor and delivery building, and the progress can also go forward on the adjoining O.R./NICU building.  When these buildings are completed, Dr's. Charles and Lynne Powell will be moving into their home at Zinga and as a neonatal specialist and a pediatrician specializing in acute care, will staff these buildings as teachers for Tanzanian doctors, residents, midwives, and medical students.  What a gift to the country and YOU are helping it to happen.  Thank you.

For those of you who have raised money for IHP through Facebook, we are very grateful.  However, when we receive the deposits from Facebook into our account, we are not given any information about whom to thank.  So, please, if you know who donated, let us know so we can thank them individually.  We are delighted with every single gift.  Every. Single. Donation.  Thank you.  

For those of you who have included IHP in your estate planning, your gift will bring life and health to people you’ll probably never meet.  You will be part of answering prayers for health and life for children who would probably never have had a chance without your remembrance.  Thank you.  

Denny and I have been living in the Powell’s house ever since we got to Zinga.  As you can note from the other writing, it is necessary to finish our house/hostel so we, as “squatters” can move from the Powell’s house to our house/hostel.  We’re anxious to move into it and to share it with all the wonderful folks who come out to volunteer.  Welcome!!  

Paula Lofstrom, Managing Director, and Chief Breakfast Chef at Zinga


Selemani Shabani writing:  

Greetings to all who you care about  IHP JEMA US -TZ.

I am sending these warm greetings from Zinga, Bagamoyo  (Zinga Children's Hospital).

On behalf of the management and the workers here, I thank all of the donors who have been contributing so much to support IHP.  We really appreciate everything you have given to IHP.  It has been received by grateful hands and hearts.

We thank you for the time you have put into IHP.  You have done a lot of wonders by painting, helping with construction, repairing the golf cart, providing health care to our people here, helping community members by teaching them different things.  You have improved the health care in this country by supporting St. John’s University in Dodoma.  You have increased our education by paying for school fees.  

We thank you for every bit of support and help you provide to IHP.  Thank you, thank you, so much! 

Here is a summary of the work report as follows;

1. We are putting the water lines into the birthing center.

When this piece work is done, then we will be ready to do the wiring for this building which will cost $11,500, then sanitary fittings, terrazzo flooring and water connection to the building. 

2. We are working on the ambulance canopy for the birthing center, what remains here is the roof which will cost $3,000.

3. We are working on the drawing for the acute care pediatric building with a PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), Garage and MCH. 

Whenever we will be done with these drawings and receive approval from the Ministry of Health, and building permits, we will start building these buildings. 

4. We are working on the new guard house. 

5. We are working on the house where the Lofstroms will live that will also serve as a hostel for 16 more guests/volunteers, students, etc. 

6. We are getting prepared to start putting the roof on the NICU and THE SURGICAL SUITE soon as we get the money to buy the wood and to pay people to do the work (labor charges).  

7. We are waiting for Tanesco  (the electrical company in the country) to connect the power to the hospital canteen. Everything is ready to go for this canteen. 

We will continue informing you every step and give you all the details. 

Once again, thank you so much for doing all of it. 

Without you, there is no IHP and no Zinga Children's Hospital. 

Best Regards,

Selemani Shabani. 


Dr. Bon Mazezele

Hi All,

We thank God who helps us to move forward helping patients.

We are doing well with the challenges we have with a staff shortage. 

The number of patients is increasing and makes us very busy.

The NHIF (National Health Insurance Fund) has approved us and will come next month to sign a contract for the hospital. This will make us even busier because some of the people who live in the village have this national insurance and will be happy to use it here instead of having to go to Dar es Salaam. Also, the staff has been accepted to have it as well so it will pay for ill staff who get sick and IHP will not have to pay for treatment of staff. 

We are now an OPD (Outpatient Department) but in the coming months, we will soon be an inpatient hospital because the Birthing Center and NICU and PICU are all in progress. The staff and patients are excited. We also have the ambulance ready for the increase in services when we start having inpatients. 

Pictured is patient who is 8 years old who had infected tinea capitis.  We treated the condition with an oral antibiotic, antibiotic shampoo, and an anti-fungal cream and an antifungal medication for a month. Today he came in with good improvement as you can see in the pictures of before and after treatment. 

Dr. Bon, Doctor-in-Charge, Children’s Hospital, Zinga


David West writing:

I’ve been at the Children’s Hospital for a month now and will be moving south next week to start my classes at the University of Dar es Salaam. I’m going to miss seeing the staff every day and chatting with the patients in the OPD, but will be back to visit as often as possible as my schedule allows. Something that has struck me about being here is how important the little things are because they build the foundations for the big things.  

This month I’ve seen the mninga (African Mahogany hardwood) frames being put into the doors and windows and the plumbing begun in the Mary Ellen Kitundu Memorial Birthing Center.

I watched the footings being prepared that will be the new maintenance area. I saw them complete the new enlarged leaching tank for the septic and begin tossing in the dirt that will be the floor of the Lofstrom’s guest house, a hostel that will be able to house a team of up to sixteen people when completed. They’ve also mowed along the roads on the property to prepare for the rains that are coming next month. These all may seem like ordinary little things, but the extraordinary big things can’t happen without them.

Thanks to all of you who continue to help in any way you can to make a positive difference for others and improve health care for the mothers and children here in Tanzania. Many of you may feel you are only doing little things, but the big things can’t happen without you to build those foundations for a better future.

Kila la kheri! (All the best:)

Daudi Magharibi (David West)


Paula writing again:

Please see our speaking schedule below.  We would appreciate another speaking schedule or two in Florida if possible, especially on Jan. 27th and any mid-week date.  

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny