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February 2023 Update from IHP

Charles Powell Writing:

We have been blessed in many ways. Our faithful team in Tanzania has identified an area that is greatly under-served medically. They have found excellent property to purchase, and they have enlisted an influential advocate who has promised to help with bureaucratic bottlenecks and serve to promote the organization.

We still have paperwork to file and decisions to make, but things are moving ahead for IHP. My thanks to Selemani Shabani, Miriam Mugo, and Dr. Bon for their hard work and dedication to IHP.

Soon we will meet to begin planning for primary buildings and facilities, placement, and construction details for our new endeavors. Of course, this is a building block of our mission: to improve healthcare in Tanzania. We are also considering other ways to enhance medical care and to have programs in place or in the works. We recently provided a scholarship grant for deserving students at St. John's School of Nursing. We are supporting several individuals in training to enhance our capabilities and who will be able to provide specialty care in the future. We will continue to provide grants and create programs to improve training and delivery of medical care.

Your prayers and support and critical to our success. We are neither an island nor a fountain of knowledge. I firmly believe that the insights and inspiration of our donors is relayed to us, and thereby forms the foundations of the project. Thank you for your continued support in volunteering, prayer, and finances.

Charles W. Powell, MD President, IHP-US

Selemani Shabani writing:


I pray that you are all doing well.

This is the time of the month again where we give you the update. Our aim is to let you know what is going on with the project.

We really appreciate every one of you for your help and support in the many ways you have been doing to touch the lives of lots of families here in Tanzania. Many people are getting very good health care. Some have been able to go to schools, universities, medical and nursing schools. Others are able to support their families through your blessings that you have shared with us. We will continue to hire and train local people when doing construction in order to enhance the local economy.

IHP DONORS, you are the Angels sent from Heaven for us. We appreciate and value your help and support to us through IHP.

We have managed to get 35.5 acres for building the Hospital in Zuzu Ward in Dodoma Region. Dodoma is the capital of Tanzania and is in the middle of the country. This land is northwest of Dodoma town. It is 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Dodoma town to Zuzu.

I am including several pictures, for some of the houses in Zuzu. These are the people we will serve when we start functioning.

There is a secondary school and a primary school in Zuzu, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of the newly purchased land.

Also, there is a medical college about 2 kilometers (1 ¼ Miles) from the land on northwest of the property. [This is a medical technical school for nursing assistants, lab and pharmacy assistants.]

Thank you, thank you, and God bless you, Sele

Paula and Denny writing: Denny has been designing buildings for Tanzania since we started at Iambi in 2002. Blueprints, and drawings and site-plan copies of all of these are now in the mail to go to our grandson, Josiah Grimes, newly admitted to the IHP-US board, to be taken to Tanzania when he goes in March. We couldn’t be more pleased or excited! Sele will now put together the site-plan for Zuzu. (Gosh, I thought we couldn’t go any further down the alphabet after Zinga.). First Sele will have to build a building to hold all of the building equipment that will need to be purchased. He’ll also have to build a house for himself and a couple of guards to keep everything safe. Our first priority will be to design the entire site plan for placement of sewage and water use and reclamation. Fortunately, the land already has electricity along the road, so we’ll only have to purchase internal power poles and we’ll also design with as much solar power usage as possible. We will also have to drill boreholes for water, in this area we understand that will be about 120 meters (130 yards) down to get to clear water. As always, we’ll begin by building an efficient outpatient unit to serve the community. It will include outpatient rooms, a small minor surgery unit, a maternal and well-child-checkup area, physical therapy, eye exam room, bookkeeping/cashier, pharmacy, and laboratory and dental area in addition to a breakroom and changing rooms, laundry, cleaning and storage areas. Included in that list will be a lot of bathrooms, sinks in almost every room. You can see the plumbing planning is a HUGE challenge and all of this must be done before the first shovel of dirt is turned. But Dr. Bon and Miriam with their years of experience will contribute their ideas of how to have best patient flow and efficiency and safety for all concerned. Another aspect of this project is a special emphasis on serving the elderly. In the rural villages surrounding this property, many of the young people have left for the cities for work and the elderly are suffering from lack of care. Our goal is to change that. If you wish to contribute to this exciting new outreach for IHP, please send a check to: IHP- Duane Quanbeck, Treasurer 2420 N. 6th Ave. East Newton, IA. 50208 Or Go to our website, and click on Donate Or Call Duane at 641-831-9170 and he’ll put it on your credit card. Blessings and gratitude, Paula and Denny

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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