April 2022 Update from IHP

Dr. Jesse Kitundu writing:

Ester was born with a very low birth weight 1.0kg (2.2 pounds) at 28th week of gestation in February. Her mother was hypertensive and anemic. Immediately after birth Ester was given surfactant and stayed at the ICU for 5 days before being shifted to rooming-in care until she gained weight up to1.5 kg (5 pounds). She was discharged to go home at 7days of age.

Ester’s mother brought her to us on the following day for follow up. She weighed 1.4 kg then came again twice in March and weighed about 2 kg was able to suck. Yesterday Ester came again for follow-up in a good condition. She weighed 4.5kg. and is nursing well. Her head circumference is 42 cm, her arm circumference is12 cm, all normal.

She has an umbilical hernia that is reducible.


Bonaventura Mazezele writing:

Hi all,

We thank God who is faithful for our needs and for the services we are providing to sick people around us.

Here at Zinga rain is on and off not heavy like previous years to cause flooding.

So far this month I have successfully done two small surgical cases.

The first is a one-year-old female who had received a buttock injection done at a pharmacy here in Zinga. Two days ago, her parents took the baby to the hospital in Bagamoyo where they were told the abscess was not ready yet to be incised.


When the baby was brought to us, I examined the abscess, incised and drained it. The baby received antibiotics and has healed nicely as you can see in the photo



Second case was a 24-year-old woman with a gapped Cesarean Section wound due to infection at another hospital. The area was debrided, and tissue trimmed. She received daily dressing changes for a week to form the granulation tissue for re-stitching, She did very well and the stitches will be removed in ten days.

Every stitch we take, every procedure we’re able to do, is possible because of your choice to spend your money to help IHP serve the people of Tanzania. Thank you.

Selemani Shabani writing:

Dear Friends of the Children of Tanzania,

I pray that every one of you is doing well.

Thank you very much for being the reason for the many smiles on our faces.

You have brought big changes to our community. And I keep thanking each one of you for the help and support of IHP. Thank God for making us one team to get God’s work done in Zinga, Bagamoyo.

Thank you IHP donors, for your donations they did and they are still doing exciting work of building the ZINGA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.

You are the reason for the population around Zinga to get served and so as the children of Tanzania.

Right now, my construction side is not busy. We are mostly cutting grass and doing repairs. And when I am not busy, I'm preaching the Gospel in different places. Last year I preached in the Arusha Region for three weeks, and in the Singida Region for two weeks.

This year I preached in the Mbeya Region for one week.

I have a very good friend in the USA who is a pastor from Phoenix named Kevin Bird. He is mentoring me on how to do God's Work by listening to the Holy Spirit.

I am attaching a picture of me preaching the gospel in Mwanza at Easter.


Additionally, since I am on my yearly vacation, I’m accompanying James Allen from Agua Viva based in Overland Park, Kansas, the group that supplied the water purification system for Zinga, as he and his team survey churches in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to see about installing similar water purifications for them. I am looking forward to going back to my normal schedule of being busy with the construction with my team. Once again thank you so much for all you do for IHP. May God Bless you all.

Paula writing: Denny and I are just overwhelmed at the number of gifts of $94 IHP received to honor Denny’s 94th birthday. Thank you so much! We’re hoping that as Covid passes we’ll be able to resume our yearly travel schedule of fundraising and going to Tanzania. We’re waiting with bated breath. We’ve been in one place long enough for the garden to mature and surprise us with this wonderful spring burst of flowers. We’re looking forward to returning to our home in Tanzania and planting flowers in the garden there and welcoming guests/students/volunteers again. We’ll let you know as soon as we’re sure we’ll be “on the road again.” For those of you who wish to spend your money helping to make life better for the children and their families in Tanzania, please send a check to: IHP – Duane Quanbeck, Treasurer 2420 N. 6th Ave. E. Newton, IA. 50208 Or Go to our website, ihptz.org and click on “Donate.” Or Call Duane at 641-831-9170 and he’ll put it on your card. Blessings and gratitude, Paula and Denny

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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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