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October 2021 Update from IHP

Charles Powell writing:

Our work in Tanzania continues. It has been a difficult time, being unable to have teams at the ready and visitors bustling about. In the meantime, our US Board has taken on a new, far more active role in trying to keep up with developments and activities in Zinga. We have had monthly meetings, with discussions ranging from tame to quite lively. We have invited Duane Quanbeck to join our board, and to take over the position of treasurer as Matt West finds his business taking up so much more of his time. We will be transitioning to a far more sophisticated form of record keeping, with the goal of making the use of your generous donations fully transparent. The board has met monthly for a full year. Nonetheless, it remains difficult without having feet on the ground in Zinga.

It is my sincere hope that we will see a return to relatively safe travel abroad, and especially toTanzania.

Charles W. Powell, MD President, IHP-US

Paula and Denny writing:

Dr. Jesse Kitundu attends challenging pediatric patients. At Children’s Hospital, Zinga, there are a group of children who suffer with birth injuries. He sent this photo yesterday of nineteen-month-old Ally who has severe cerebral palsy caused by delayed second phase of labor that led to severe birth asphyxia. Ally has no neck control, is not able to sit and has delayed milestones.

Ally is in good health except for brain damage. He will be receiving physiotherapy.

Children needing life-long care, like Ally, especially benefit from your donations. Their families cannot afford all the care needed for these kids and YOU take up the slack. Thank you.

Your response to Christine Petersen’s $25,000 challenge grant has been amazing! IHP received $26,447.00 so that Match is MADE. THANK YOU!

Now, BIG NEWS! ANOTHER matching challenge grant has been issued! Now only will the Maternal and Child Health Building be finished, but it will need to be staffed. We will need another doctor, a nurse, an aide, and various part-time counselors. The building will need to be cleaned and maintained.

This building will not generate revenue into the clinic structure. The services performed will be given to the public to teach and encourage healthful, safe living. Lessons in nutrition, hygiene, parenting, and recognition of the parasitic and tropical diseases endemic in the area will be given. Additionally, the government will use the building for giving free vaccines. IHP will be necessary to provide the staffing. It is a gift to the community. Can you, will you help?

This is the Thanksgiving Challenge grant, provided by Camille Koertner, to provide $50,000 to provide care in the Maternal and Child Health Center, for the community surrounding Zinga. $25,000 has already been pledged if YOU can match it.

What better way to show Thankfulness than to share your abundance with others? Please, in addition to sharing with food in your community, share what you can by mailing a check to:

IHP- Matt West, Treasurer

8016 N Everton Ave

Kansas City, MO 64152


Go to our website, and click on Donate


Call Matt at 816-985-4406.

Each of us has a purpose. Your purpose is your passion. Do all the good you can.

Blessings and gratitude,

Paula and Denny

Selemani Shabani writing:

Dear Friends to Mothers and children of Tanzania.

We really appreciate your help and support you have provided for us. Your support has enabled the services here at Zinga to continue.

As I reported to you last month, we have received the money to repair the blue truck and the Bobcat. Right now, the blue truck and the Bobcat are fixed and we are using them.

As you can see down below, the picture shows the road fixed by using our blue truck and our bobcat. For those of you who have been to Zinga, this is the road from the main road to the hospital that floods when it rains, down by the coconut trees.

We have saved a lot of money by using our own Bobcat and truck. We have used these machines for 2 weeks now. Renting those machines from outside this was going to cost us about 9.6 million Tanzania shillings [$4,165.00]. You have saved us a lot of money.

Because we have a deep sand pit on the property, we are also able to use the Bobcat and blue truck to gather and move the sand to the site where we make our own concrete blocks.

Thank you very much for your support for this project. You are the reason for lots and lots of smiling faces here.

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." Selemani Shabani

Kenny George writing:

Hello IHP friends and family,

We dearly hope that you are doing quite well. We are holding on well. We are still working to provide the best healthcare services possible to our people.

I recently attended Ally Juma, a 1-year-old boy who had a history of 3 days of right eye discharge with redness which started abruptly. We diagnosed him with conjunctivitis and was kept on dexamethsone/neomycin eye drops and is doing well.

Of course, this is very easily spread, so lots of handwashing for the family and any playmates was emphasized. We humbly thank you for your donations. Kenny George, MD


Paula Lofstrom Managing Director International Health Partners, US & Tz Your purpose fuels your passion

Do all the Good you can.

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