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August 2023 Update from IHP

Charles Powell writing:

Our focus this month is on education. You may not know that the mission of IHP-US is not exclusively focused on buildings and facilities. We have supported many in training to enhance the knowledge base of professionals who have worked for the organization and others. We have supported transitions from Clinical Officer to AMO or to MD, advanced nursing practice, and technology support for the clinical operations. IHP-US has provided scholarships for a number of nurses who have proven themselves to be ambitious and demonstrated a high degree of motivation to learn. Various individual donors have provided educational support for family members of those who have been faithful to the projects in Tanzania. Remember this: any project started in Tanzania ultimately depends on local individuals who gain background and skills in all aspects of medicine from technical skills to management training. Equally important to remember is that contributions for medical education and supporting disciplines are an investment, not only in healthcare for Tanzania, but also in individuals who will pass on their knowledge and passion to others.

I am therefore announcing that a $5,000 matching challenge grant for education for future Tanzanian students in health-related or ancillary fields has been made. You have until Thanksgiving to make it happen. If anyone wants to match the $5,000 challenge to make it a $10,000 challenge grant, we would welcome it!

Charles W. Powell, MD President, IHP

Paula writing:

Sele just got his visa to come to visit the U.S. This is the best birthday present I could receive! We’ll let you know when his flights are scheduled.

IHP is in the business of providing education for people in Tanzania, education that will not only change their lives, but will change and improve the lives of others. Education is life-changing, and you, our donors, make that possible for Tanzanians who would not receive an education without your donations. Thank you.

To assist with the scholarship matching grant, and/or to assist in funding the building of the Zuzu Medical Center, please continue to help by sending what is comfortable for you, and maybe a little bit more to:

IHP – Duane Quanbeck, Treasurer

2420 N 6th Ave. East

Newton, IA. 50208


Go to and go to the “Donate” page and click. Whatever you send is the right amount.

There are a lot of people in Tanzania who are alive and healthy because of your past donations.

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Miriam Mugo writing:

Hello IHP family. It is with much appreciation that I write to you. Am thankful to the Alrighty God that am doing great.

In 2021 when I joined the University of Dodoma to pursue Master of Science in Nursing Education and I am humbled to thank you for your support and inspiration. I am expecting to graduate in November this year, for now I am working on my dissertation defense for my research project. The last 2 years have been a wonderful experience for me to learn the profession of teaching nursing education.

Thank you all for making this possible through your donations. IHP US has made it possible for me to achieve my professional goals. Thank you everyone!

Miriam and Sele are shown below.

Hi everyone,

My name is Selemani Shabani Salum. I have been working with IHP for 21 years ago now.

First, I received an IHP scholarship that provided two years of professional training to become an electrician.

Thereafter, IHP paid for further studies for me; three years more to become what I am now, a building contractor. The IHP Scholarship fund really changed my life completely.

Without the IHP donors, I could not have been able to become who I am now. You have added value to my life.

I am IHP's walking testimony.

Thank you IHP.

Thank you, donors and thank you God, and Bless everyone who is bringing smiles into our faces.

My name is Bonaventura Mezezele and I am Tanzanian doctor.

I have been working with IHP US since 2006. I have really enjoyed working with IHP US because they have upgraded my knowledge. I am appreciated as a doctor, an Assistant Medical Officer, or AMO as it is called in Tanzania, similar to a PA (Physician’s Assistant) in the U.S. I am proud of it. And this is because of IHP US:

· IHP US has been inviting medical teams to come work with us in Tanzania, these teams had very good teachers and they taught me how to do ultrasounds, circumcisions using a Gomco device, doing and reading ECGs, doing dental fillings, cleaning, extraction and doing root canals.

· In 2012 IHP US sent me to college in Arusha to take Assistant Medical Officer course where l did well and now am capable of handling complicated deliveries, doing Cesarean Sections and handling emergency cases.

I want to say thank you very much to all the people who donated money to sponsor me. What is planted will be harvested.

I am working very hard to serve patients, sometimes I forget to take my lunch because of patients who are waiting to be seen. I feel bad leaving the patients in line while I am going to eat. God will bless the donors who sponsored me to get the knowledge I can use to make them better.

Irene Kaji, M.D. writing:

I am very grateful to IHP-US for their generous financial assistance that enabled me to pursue my master’s degree in Ophthalmology at Muhimbili, the National Hospital. Without their support, I would not have been able to afford the tuition fees and other accompanying expenses including funds for my dissertation for the three years of my studies. Also, IHP provided funds for conferences that gave me valuable exposure and networking opportunities. I learned a lot from the experts and peers in my field and gained new insights and skills that will help me in my future career.

I am passionate about improving the eye health and vision of the people in my community, especially those who are underserved and vulnerable by providing quality eye care services and eye health education to the local population. I hope to make a positive impact on their lives and well-being, as well as contribute to the development of ophthalmology in Tanzania.

I sincerely thank IHP-US for their kindness and generosity, and for giving me this opportunity to fulfil my dreams and aspirations. They have been more than just a sponsor, they have been a friend and a family to me. I will always remember their support and hopefully make them proud by doing my best in my work and serving the community with compassion and excellence.

My name is Nasma Selemani Shabani, I’m called Glory.

My father's name is Selemani Shabani and he works with International Health Partners in Tanzania, I have been sponsored by International health partners since 2020 when I started my college education at St John's university of Tanzania under the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences. I am in my last year of education.

I would like to thank you, IHP-TZ, for supporting my studies. This has been a huge contribution in my life towards success especially academically because IHP-Tz has been paying my tuition fees and other expenses and that helps me concentrate on academic issues. Thank you so much IHP-Tz once again for your unconditional love and support to me . May Almighty God bless you in Jesus name. Yours, Nasma Selemani Shabani (Glory)

Paula Lofstrom Managing Director International Health Partners, US & Tz It is in kindness to others that we find true joy. Desmond Tutu A gift to the very poor can enrich the world. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.

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