February 2022 Update from IHP
Greetings to all!
There is ongoing change to IHP, both in the US and in Tanzania. The US Board has been meeting regularly to work on our financial reporting, truly bringing out record keeping into the world of electronic accuracy. On the Tanzanian side, we are saddened by Dr. Kitundu's resignation as President of IHP-JEMA-TZ, but thankful that he will continue to provide patient care and his unique expertise. As Vice President of the organization, I have assumed the role of President. My primary tasks are to continue to enhance services and facilities at the complex, and to continue to do whatever it takes to bring guests and volunteers back to Zinga.
As we move ahead it is important to remember our primary mission, to improve healthcare for the children of Tanzania. There are many distractions that prevent us from seeing that goal. We must always set those aside. I thank you all for your faithfulness in providing volunteers, donations, and most of all, prayers for the project.
Charles W. Powell, MD
Jesse Kitundu writing:
A one-month-old female infant. Was brought for a checkup. She currently weighs 2.2 kg (4 pounds, 8 ½ ounces. Her birth weight was 1 .1kg (2 pounds, 4 ½ ounces) by Cesarean section.
She stayed in the hospital until 2 days ago when they discharged her. She is under Kangaroo care (skin-on-skin with her mother). Some clothing was given because parents couldn't afford clothes for her. She will be back for follow up in a month’s time.
Donations to the Special Needs Fund (SNF) and the past donations of clothing and supplies for babies, has helped poor families with children who come for care at our clinic in Zinga.
Dr. Kenny writing:
Dear IHP donors:
Hello IHP donors and family,
We hope you are doing well.
We, the staff at Zinga, are healthy and tending patients due to your support.
We attended an 8-year-old girl who suffers from Sickle Cell Disease who presented with severe pain in the left foot. [Sickle cell disease means some of the cells, when deprived of oxygen, form a sickle shape and can occlude the blood flow causing intense pain.]
She was given a diclofenac injection right away and diclofenac gel that relieved her pain.
In Tanzania when a girl has her period, she often must stay home and miss school. Things like Always pads are available in the big grocery store in Dar es Salaam, but up in our area, such things are not available, and way too expensive anyway. It is “tradition” for girls and women to stay home during menstruation.
There is an organization called Days for Girls that supplies reusable pads, and several of our church supporters and individual seamstresses have supplied reusable pads for girls. Yes, you wash them out, dry them, and slip them into panties so there are no “leaks,” and the girls can go on to school on “those” days. It is a blessing.
Not only are the pads included in the little packet, but some literature on feminine anatomy and good health practices.
Our team goes to the schools and talks with the headmistresses or teachers to find out which girls consistently miss a few days of school each month and those girls are then given the kits.
When teams come bringing a bag of these for us to hand out, it’s a gift of value and caring for young women. Thank you. You’ve made a difference!
There are always particular needs at Zinga, vehicle repairs, equipment maintenance, indigent patients to care for, and salaries to top up so we can retain a highly qualified staff.
Denny Lofstrom turned 94 last Sunday. If you’d like to donate $94 in honor of Den’s 94th birthday, or to continue any and all of the services at Zinga, please help as you can with a check to:
IHP – Duane Quanbeck, Treasurer
2420 N. 6th Ave. E.
Newton, IA. 50208-2651
Go to our website, ihptz.org and click on Donate!
Call Duane at 641-831-9170.
Blessings and gratitude,
Paula and Denny
Sele Shabani reporting:
Some of the containers are rusting on top and need to be repaired, and one needs to be repaired all along the side. The rusting leads to leaks and destruction of the contents of the containers.
Roofing over a container costs about $1500. Three are in the “EMERGENCY” phase, and four others also need to be done BEFORE it’s an emergency!
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.