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April 2021 Update from IHP

Charles Powell writing:

Greetings from Kansas. One year ago, I was pleasantly “stuck” in Tanzania. There are many places I would not like to be detained but Zinga is not one of them.

The US board continues to work with IHP-JEMA-TZ to ensure the future of the project. The work is sometimes tedious, sometimes daunting, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Charles W. Powell, MD

President, IHP-US

Jesse Kitundu writing:

The rainy season is coming to an end and the road to the facility is passable. There were no floods this year and patients were able to reach us easily.

Currently the cases of “flu-like syndrome” are gradually decreasing.

We are glad that permission from the Ministry of Health has been granted for adding dental services to the polyclinic. Hopefully, this will boost our income. We are now stocking the dental supplies for the clinic.

Dear Friends to Mothers and children of Tanzania, we appreciate your support very much as this has enabled the services here at Zinga to continue.

Asante sana [Thank you very much]

Mbarikiwe. [Bless you all]

Jesse Kitundu

Selemani Shabani writing:

This is April 2021and it is the time to update you with the construction progress here at Zinga/Bagamoyo. We don't have any new projects right now and some of the projects we started are not completed yet, because of the funds. Due to the Covid-19 world disaster, there are real effects in lots of countries economically.

But in this time of pandemic disease, still, there are some of you who are sending us money for the salaries, medications for our dispensary, and servicing our car, the bus, the truck, and the Bobcat. Thank you. It is because of the road work done with the Bobcat that patients had an easier time getting to the clinic during the rainy season.

We also are able to do maintenance on the big 50 Kv generator that we must have ready whenever the national electric grid goes off, and that is quite frequently. Thank you!

It is my Honor "TO THANK EVERY DONOR" for your help and support to this project here in Zinga/Bagamoyo. Thank you very much for choosing this place so that you can save God's people.

You are the reason for of lots of smiles on many faces here. It is your dollars and your generosity that lives are made better. YOU are making a difference. Thank you.

Here is a picture from the training we had from the Bagamoyo rescue team, the firefighters.

They came to train us on how to fight fires until they can come. This was not free, you helped us to pay for it. But it was very necessary as last year we had a grass fire that burned up two of the round guest houses.

Thank you and God Bless you.

Selemani Shabani, Contractor

Paula and Denny writing:

Spring has come to Overland Park, Kansas. This is the second time for us to experience April in Kansas because for the 18 years before that we’ve been in Tanzania just at the tail of the rainy season.

President Magafuli, a covid-denier has passed away and his Vice-President, now President is Mama Samia Saluhu, a smart, competent Muslim woman who believes in science and will help to bring the country back from teetering on the brink of disaster. We are so glad for her stepping into the huge responsibility with such grace.

Denny and I are fully vaccinated, but still super cautious, so for the time being, until Covid is under control, we will continue to be residents here, working in the garden and missing our Tanzanian home and friends and family there. We plan to resume travel in 2022 and have already scheduled two teams into Zinga in June and July of 2022.

You can guess that Denny is sick of the monotony of being in one place for so long. At only 93 he’s anxious to get on the road again, but too smart to take any chances.

Thank you for your continuing support. Miriam has moved to Dodoma and could still use more monthly support if you’re so inclined. She’s an incredibly gifted and smart nurse and we’re proud to be helping her to become a nursing instructor at St. John’s University in Dodoma.

Please send whatever is comfortable for you, and especially thank you to all of those who tithed 10% of their $1400 government bonus, to:

IHP-Matt West, Treasurer

8016 No. Everton Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64152

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Dr. Bon writing:

This is Samson, 24-months-old.

He had a child normal birth weight of 3kg [6 pounds, 6 ounces] and he was growing normally until he was 10 months old. Then he started dropping body weight to below normal in the growth chart. His mother is HIV negative. The child is getting on and off fevers upper respiratory tract infections.

When he was brought to me he looked slightly pale. He had no history of blood transfusions and no history of sickle cell disease in the family. Clinically he was not presenting with sickle cell disease signs, no enlarged spleen, but I decided to check anyway, and his sickle cell anemia test was positive.

Samson will be treated with the protocol given to us by the Blood Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, somewhat different than our standard protocol, and Samson will be followed very closely.

Thank you to all of the doctors who consult with us and give us the latest information about treatments for a range of conditions we see here. We will be so glad when you can once again return to Zinga and share your experience with us, and we can help you with treating tropical diseases like malaria, too.

Below is a happy woman with twins. She came to us many months ago, distraught because she could not conceive because of one blocked fallopian tube. She had visited several hospitals but had not been able to get pregnant. We gave her prenatal vitamins provided by Vitamin Angels in California, and she not only conceived, but had these lovely twins. She came by just to say, “Thank you!”

God’s blessings to you, Bonaventura Mezezele.


Paula Lofstrom Managing Director International Health Partners, US & Tz Pray, believing Act on your faith and go forward. God is always with you. Love is always the answer.

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